Workplace Relations and Safety
Whether you have five employees or 500, Brown Wright Stein Lawyers can help you better understand and manage your responsibilities as an employer, from a legal perspective.
We regularly advise and represent employers in relation to industrial relations and employment matters. Our team has experience working with hundreds of clients on matters such as code of conduct investigations, performance issues, absenteeism, discrimination claims, redundancy and other termination of employment issues such as review of action investigations, complex medical retirement issues and negotiating Certified Agreements and Australian Workplace Agreements.
Brown Wright Stein Lawyers represents clients before the Fair Work Commission, Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Federal Court, Federal Magistrates Court and State courts. Peter Wright who heads up our employment team has acted for commercial clients in a variety of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters for more than 20 years.
The employment team are specialists in:
- Employment contracts which set out the responsibilities and obligations of employer and employee
- Policies in respect of matters such as workplace bullying, discrimination and harassment, work health & safety, drugs & alcohol, social media, computer use etc.
- Rights and entitlements of employees and employers in modern awards and enterprise agreements
- The distinction between employee and independent contractor and sham contracting
- Employee performance and absenteeism issues
- Discrimination claims
- Workplace bullying and harassment claims
- Enforcement of restraint of trade proceedings
- Unfair dismissal claims
- Managing terminations
- Fair Work Ombudsman investigations
- Transfer of employment on sale of business
- Workcover investigations
In the wake of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s recent investigative activity into 7-Eleven and others, the Government has announced a new suite of workplace relations policies designed to clamp down on underpayment of workers, including within the franchising industry.