People Management

Our approach is to manage most issues as performance (non-disciplinary) using a ‘crucial conversations’ framework supported by emails. This avoids formal processes and ‘builds the case’, which is far more effective including for termination of employment.
We deal with complaints and misconduct by using formal investigations and mediation as an option of last resort. We conduct and manage disciplinary processes and outcomes up to dismissal.
We adopt a proactive approach to fitness for work (capacity) issues with an increasing emphasis on understanding mental health issues. This includes requirements to undergo medical examinations, managing return to work plans and ongoing incapacity up to resolution.
People Management

Risk & Compliance

We keep organisations legally compliant by providing user friendly documents and training HR to implement them. They are then reviewed annually to ensure continuance compliance as well as best practice.
  • Contracts of Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Workplace Behaviour Policies and Procedures
  • Employee entitlements, flexible work arrangements, and employer obligations under employment and WHS laws
  • Interaction and interpretation of contracts, National Employment Standards (NES), industrial instruments and WHS and/or employment related legislation
  • Dealing with regulators and external bodies regarding work, health and safety, privacy and anti-discrimination including WorkSafe, Fair Work Ombudsman, Anti-Discrimination and Privacy Commissioners
Risk & Compliance

Specialist Projects

Expertise in one off or infrequent transactions where existing in-house skills need enhancing or complementing such as Workplace Investigations, Enterprise Bargaining, Safety Projects, and Change Management.

Workplace Investigations

  • Conducting workplace assessments and preliminary inquiries through to full investigations and providing comprehensive reports

Enterprise Agreements

  • All aspects of preparing, bargaining (including in-house secondments) and making agreements

Safety

  • Safety audits and due diligence
  • Safety investigations and dealing with safety regulators

Change Management

  • Restructuring, redeployment and redundancy
  • Transfer of business
Specialist Projects

Dispute Resolution

Because most claims arise out of managing people, we ensure that you ‘build the case’ legally so your processes are not derailed. We can then represent you to resolve most claims quickly and economically at an early fixed cost, conciliation stage.

We are experienced advocates in all types of workplace disputes, including:

  • Unfair Dismissal claims
  • Bullying and General Protections claims (e.g. adverse action claims)
  • Industrial Disputes as to Enterprise Agreements, Rights of Entry, and Bargaining in the Fair Work Commission
  • Discrimination complaints in State Commissions/Tribunals
  • Breach of Enterprise Agreements and Fair Work Act claims in the Federal Court
  • Safety Prosecutions and Coronial Inquests
  • Contractual disputes and enforcing post termination employee obligations in Courts
Dispute Resolution

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