Navigating workplace legislation and the Fair Work Act (2009) can be difficult for businesses of all sizes. The information may (or may not) be readily available, but interpreting that information and deciphering what’s important and how it should be managed appropriately can be a real challenge.

Our HR Consultants help to uncomplicate workplace relations and employment law matters by equipping business owners and managers with the right advice in a simple, jargon free means – cutting through the myriad of information and providing real practical advice that suits the needs and size of your business and team.

We do this by drawing on decades of experience from our professional team of advisors, ensuring our clients are legally compliant, productive, and that the interests of the organisation are protected.

We deliver clear interpretation of the law and precisely articulate the range of options available to you, the associated risks and benefits of each approach to managing issues, and our advice/recommendation on the best way forward.

Our team can:

  • Identify and elaborate on legislation that is applicable for your organization, including its impacts in your organization’s particular circumstances from National Employment Standards, the Fair Work Act and industrial Awards ie Mining, Professionals, Clerks Award
  • Clarify your organisations’ legislative requirements and explain the impact (if any) on non-compliance – so what you really need to do.
  • Provide updates on legislation they affect your organisation to ensure the upmost compliance.
  • Provide advice on dealing with disciplinary and grievance matters, underpayment of wage claims
  • Advise on Award classification of employees
  • Provide detailed wage information
  • Act as a representative in Fair Work complaints / cases
  • Provide advice on the likely outcomes or cost of Fair Work claims

Our areas of expertise include

  • Interpretation of the Fair Work Act 2009
Wages Advice
  • Advice on award requirements, rates of pay, allowances etc
  • Wage review and Audit
  • Advice on managing or reporting underpayments
Modern award interpretation and compliance
  • Award coverage
  • Rates of pay
  • Classification structure
  • Allowances
  • Apprentices / traineeships
  • Hours of work
  • Rosters
  • Shiftwork
National Employment Standards Advice
  • Leave
  • Hours of work
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Wages
  • Award coverage
  • Public holidays
  • Redundancy & Terminations
  • Minimum Entitlements
Advice on Leave
  • Long service leave
  • Annual leave
  • Compassionate leave
  • Personal / carer’s leave
  • Community service leave
  • Parental and adoption leave
Enterprise Agreements
  • Interpreting Enterprise Agreements
  • Benefits / limitations of implementing an Enterprise Agreement
  • Explanation of better off overall test
  • Enterprise bargaining for new/replacement Enterprise Agreement
  • Renewal/cancellation of existing Enterprise Agreement
Employer terminations, redundancy and resignations
  • Workplace investigations
  • Disciplinary processes
  • Minimum notice requirements
  • Employee entitlements upon termination
  • Employer’s ability to withhold termination payments
  • Mitigating unfair dismissal risk
  • Discrimination provisions where relevant
  • Procedural requirements
  • General advice on payment in lieu of notice
  • Redundancy under the National Employment Standards
  • General protections under the Fair Work Act 2009
  • Unfair dismissal claims and conciliation processes
COVID management advice and support
  • Stand downs
  • Testing requirements
  • Mandates
  • Time off for testing etc
  • Vaccination requirements and refusal to vaccinate
  • Policies
  • Representation in Fair Work, disputes and industrial tribunals
Employment contracts
  • Interpreting contractual terms
  • General advice on creating employment contracts
  • Enforcing contractual terms
  • Types of employment, incl. casual, part-time & full-time
Independent Contracting Agreements
  • Review and determination of contractor vs employee classification
  • Sham contracting risks
  • Interpreting independent contractor agreement terms
  • General advice on creating independent contractor agreements
  • Tax/superannuation considerations
Counselling and disciplinary matters
  • Performance management process
  • Conducting / facilitating performance management meetings
  • Issuing of warnings
  • Termination after comprehensive performance management
  • Appropriate disciplinary action
Performance management
  • Performance improvement plans and process
  • Managing performance appraisals and review
  • Advice on current legislation obligations and statutory provisions
  • Advice regarding management of claims / complaints
  • Investigation management
  • Advice on bullying policies and management process
  • Prevention
  • Workshops
Sexual harassment
  • Advice on current legislation obligations and statutory provisions
  • Advice on expectations for proactive prevention requirements based on your business size and sector
  • Assistance with management of claims
  • Investigation management
  • Advice on policy and procedure
  • Workshops for your staff group
Equal Employment Opportunity and discrimination
  • Obligations and statutory provisions of State and Federal anti-discrimination legislation
  • Advice on expectations for your business size and sector
  • Assistance with management of claims
  • Investigation management
  • Advice on policy and procedure
  • Workshops for your staff group
Managing injured, ill, and absent workers
  • Temporary absences and return to work
  • Capability review
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Workers Compensation claims management
  • Guidance to reduce Workers Compensation claims
  • Mitigating the risk of general protection claims
  • Mitigating the risk of unfair dismissal claims

We provide practical advice and compliance strategies that minimise risk for your organisation whilst keeping commercial viability in mind.

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