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Workplace Relations

'our services'

Careful and strategic management of workplace relations is essential to a profitable business and a harmonious workplace. Employees are most likely your greatest expense, take up most of your time, expose you to substantial risk and are your greatest asset. We will act and advise you in all matters relating to the management of your employees and the negotiation and drafting of workplace agreements. All businesses have employees, whether it is yourself or you have a substantial workforce. It is essential for both the short term and the long term, that you have a strategic plan and manage the processes in this complex area of law.

We have the legal knowledge, the background and the commercial sense to assist you in achieving your businesses objectives in strategic human resource management under the legal framework of the Australian Workplace Relations System with specific and extensive experience in the Federal, Queensland , New South Wales , Victorian, West Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions.

We can assist you in:

  • Advice and representation in unfair and unlawful dismissals in all jurisdictions
  • Advice and representation in industrial disputes
  • Advice regarding the implementation of and transition into Workchoices, and the transition to the new Labor Government’s Workplace Relations system
  • All aspects of Workplace Relations and the Industrial Relations legislation in each state including award and agreement interpretation

'our approach'

Workplace Relations is a dynamic area of law and policy. It changes constantly and is complex and sensitive, and mistakes costly. We will always discuss a strategy for your business, of where you are, where you want to be and how we assist you in getting to your objective. We have big firm experience, but fair and reasonable costs.

We will discuss our joint approach; should it be aggressive, firm but fair or co-operative. Each situation may require a different response, and our legal experience and commercial acumen will assist in identifying that strategy and achieving your objectives. We will give you a clear, practical, cost effective plan, with an achievable objective.

'our experience'

Brett Wilson our specialist principal in this area, has over 20 years experience advising and acting in all aspects of workplace relations, he has acted for the New South Wales Government in the 20 Allowable Matters and Paid Rates Award Test cases and advised the New South Wales Government on public sector workplace issues. He has acted and advised BHP Billiton, Westpac, Qantas, Ansett, News Limited, Bond University , Steelx and Macquarie Regional Radio in all aspects of Workplace Relations.