Workplace Advisory

Carter Newell Lawyers is an award winning specialist law firm providing legal advice to Australian and international corporate clients.

The ever changing regulatory framework of our Federal and State industrial relations systems introduce a new level of complexity as well as opportunities and challenges for employer/employee relationships.

Our lawyers engineer successful outcomes. They build long-term relationships with clients, engage with them and their business, offer responsive user-friendly advice to ensure consensus on key issues and smooth implementation of strategies.

Led by Partner Lara Radik and Special Counsel Michelle Christmas, our team has a long history of advising employers on workforce management with a focus on workplace relations, human resource management, workplace investigations and employment law.

Lara and Michelle also work closely with our insurance partners, Michael Gapes, Mark Brookes, Michael Bath and Ben Hall in relation to the investigation and defence of workplace health and safety matters and employment disputes, where there is insurance cover in place.

Our workplace relations team assists a range of government, private and listed clients across a range of industries from construction and mining and resources to not-for-profit, real estate and professional services.

Our specialist services include:

  • Enterprise agreements
  • The application of industrial instruments
  • Transfer of business issues
  • Employment termination and redundancy
  • Unfair dismissal claims
  • Employment and independent contractor agreements
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Workplace disputes and prosecutions (including the provision of advice and advocacy)
  • Workplace investigations
  • Workplace accidents
  • Restraint of trade issues
  • Privacy
  • Unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying (including the defence of claims, policy development and implementation and training).

The Workplace Relations Gazette 7th edition examines a number of cases of general application, including cases relating to dismissals arising from disparaging comments made about employers and clients, the classification of workers in the gig economy, and the recovery of damages paid by an employer as a result of the serious misconduct of an employee.

It also explores a number of timely cases arising from the COVID-19 pandemic dealing with such issues as applications for reduction in redundancy pay entitlements, stand down of employees, and redundancy consultation against the backdrop of gathering restrictions and JobKeeper payments.




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