Employment Law

We provide advice on all aspects of employment law as it affects you whether you are an employer, employee, prospective employee, large or small business owner or independent contractor, including:

  • drafting employment contracts
  • advice on employment contracts, awards and agreements
  • performance management issues and disciplinary issues
  • drafting and advice on employment policies, procedures and manuals
  • termination of employment – including:
  • unfair dismissal
    – unlawful termination
    – adverse action
    – constructive dismissal

 

FOR EMPLOYERS:

Termination of Employment:

If you find yourself in the difficult position of having to fire an employee you should consider the potential of a claim for unfair dismissal. Getting some timely advice from a lawyer can save you a lot of worry and money in the long term. Having strict performance management guidelines and open and transparent disciplinary procedures in place are vital to protect yourself. Call us to discuss how you can do this.

Contracts of Employment:

If you have an existing contract that needs updating or just want a legal eye cast over it to make sure it complies with the current employment legislation we can help you.

Of particular importance is if your employees fall under an award or enterprise agreement and you want to provide them with an individual contract of employment.

An award stipulates the minimum conditions of employment and where the Award is silent you will need to refer to the National Employment Standards (NES). Sometimes you will also need to refer to relevant State legislation. It is important that in this case your individual contract of employment does not purport to reduce the employee's rights. We can help ensure you are complying with your obligations.