Employment Law

Over the past 20 years, several significant changes to Employment Law legislation have been made.  Due to these changes, many people are confused as to the rights of employees and the extent of the powers of employers.  What legislation do I have to follow, what are the minimum standards?  At Bronwyn Hay Solicitor & Attorney we will assist you in understanding these changes, what is required of you, and in realising your rights as an employee or powers as an employer. 

Important Changes - Fair Work Act

The Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) has been replaced by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), and with Fair Work Australia has come the introduction of the National Employment Standards or NES (10 minimum standards of employment) and Modern Awards (these are industry or occupation-based minimum employment standards and rates of pay).  As of 1 January 2010 most Australian businesses and employees are now governed by these sets of national workplace laws.  For further information on these changes, please click on the links below:

What does the Fair Work Act and the new national system provide?

Modern awards, Agreements and Transitional arrangements

We will assist you with all areas of Employment Law, including:

  • Adverse action
  • Awards and Agreements
  • Wage rates
  • Work conditions
  • Discrimination, harassment and appropriate/inappropriate behaviour
  • Employments issues when buying or selling a small to medium business
  • Enterprise topics
  • General rights and obligations of employers and employees
  • Human resources and workplace policy development
  • Managing ill, injured and disabled employees
  • Paid parental leave
  • Strategic advice and workplace relations
  • Termination of employment
  • The 10 National Employment Standards
  • Unions and bargaining
  • Workplace bullying
  • Workplace health and safety

Each situation is unique and it is important that you receive up-to-date legal advice pertaining to your specific workplace situation whether it be in the role of Employer or as an Employee.