Workplace Relations

Workplace (industrial) relations is in our DNA. We regularly help our clients design and implement significant commercial and operational reforms through progressive enterprise agreements, workplace reorganisation and structural change.

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Our team members have been front-and-centre of some of our country’s most significant industrial disputes, standing side-by-side with clients as they’ve dealt with the most sensitive and industrially difficult matters.

Much of our core business is being involved with the successful negotiation and implementation of practical and sustainable enterprise agreements across a range of different types of workforces. We’ve been there to help clients achieve this across a broad range of industries, including government; construction; media; logistics; ports; resources; aviation; white collar services; health and aged care; banking; call centres; utilities, and many more. Our involvement in these complex, strategic matters includes the considered implementation and planning of negotiations, as well as the advocacy and advice around bargaining and scope disputes, and the handling of disputes in the Fair Work Commission and the Federal Court of Australia.

We also assist with bargaining strategies to formulate sensible, strategic and sustainable bargaining solutions and to defend or instigate litigation when it is required to meet these goals. We think outside of the square to achieve results which meet the operational and strategic needs of our clients.

Podcasts Series: Understanding the Impact of Changes to Workplace Laws

S04E04 Individual employment arrangements

7 March 2023

Shelley Williams and Emily Baxter discuss the new pay secrecy, fixed term contracts and flexible work provisions and how they impact employers.
S04E03 Preventing sexual harassment

25 January 2023

From 6 March 2023, there will be changes to sexual harassment laws under the Fair Work Act. Christa Lenard and Shelley Williams explain the new protections to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and what they mean for employers.
S04E02 Protected industrial action

21 December 2022

From 6 June 2023, there will be changes to protected industrial action and the way the Fair Work Commission can deal with intractable bargaining disputes. Lucy Shanahan and Michael Mead discuss these changes and what the impact might be for employers.
S04E01 The new world of workplace bargaining

14 December 2022

Steven Amendola and Brendan Milne discuss the new world of enterprise bargaining under the Government’s new legislation.