Law at Work
Our dedicated employment and workplace relations practice group, Law At Work, provides strategic advice and workplace solutions in relation to sensitive employment matters to clients located across Australia. We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Law At Work provides representation to employers and employees in employment disputes, ensuring the robustness of our legal advice and an acute awareness of the strategic considerations in both prosecuting and defending a claim.
A skilled employment lawyer has a sound understanding of the relationship between different areas of law that are relevant to the employment relationship. We use our knowledge and experience in these areas to provide realistic solutions for our clients. We are experienced in representing employees and employers in employment disputes across multiple jurisdictions including State and Federal Courts and Tribunals.
Law At Work offers an advisory service and we strongly encourage you to make contact with us as soon as you become aware of a problem, so that we can provide you with strategic advice to protect your interests. We advocate a proactive approach to dealing with workplace issues. It is generally more productive and cost-effective to address problems immediately as they arise, rather than putting it off until it is too late. We are often approached in circumstances where a client has inadvertently prejudiced their position in the workplace by attempting to handle the matter on their own without seeking professional advice. The consequences can be costly and unpleasant.
Law At Work has extensive experience in the area of employment law and advises in relation to the following litigious disputes:
- Unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal / termination of employment;
- Workplace bullying;
- Sexual harassment;
- WorkCover disputes;
- Discrimination in employment;
- Underpayments of wages and/or failure to meet conditions of employment;
- Alleged contravention of the civil remedy provisions of the Fair Work Act;
- Enforcement of employee restraint clauses;
- Protection of confidential information and intellectual property;
- Fair Work Ombudsman prosecutions;
- Negotiating executive contracts and employee severance packages (including the provision of legal advice on deeds of release presented to employees) and
- Breach of privacy arising out of employment.
Law At Work also advises on non-contentious areas of employment law including:
- Preparing employment contracts;
- Developing workplace policies and procedures;
- Advising on termination of employment and redundancy procedures;
- Providing contractual advice to employees who are contemplating leaving their employer;
- Interpretation of awards, agreements and the National Employment Standards;
- Investigations into alleged employee misconduct;
- Employer record-keeping requirements;
- Protection of intellectual property, restraint and confidentiality provisions of employment contracts; and
- Performance management and employee discipline.
Our unfair dismissal compensation outcomes well exceed the published statistics. We explore settlement options at the earliest possible opportunity and have a solid track record in obtaining reinstatement and compensation outcomes for dismissed employees. Engaging a competent employment law firm such as Law At Work can ensure you are taken seriously by your former employer, and prevent costly mistakes from the outset.
Our employment lawyers work according to hourly rates which are highly competitive and affordable.
We offer an initial telephone discussion free of charge and, if we determine that we are able to assist, a legal advice conference of up to 60 minutes’ duration at a discounted rate. This ensures that even those who cannot afford to engage a lawyer to represent them can obtain some legal advice about how to proceed. Some legal costs may be tax deductible.
We often assist employees and employers located in regional and remote locations and have the facilities to accept instructions by telephone and electronic communication where a client is unable to attend one of our offices in person.
Contact an employment lawyer for an obligation-free discussion about how Law At Work may be able to assist you.