Employment Lawyers

The Australian employment law framework is complex.

OpenLegal’s employment lawyers open it up for you. Discuss your needs with our team today.

Full-Service Commercial Law and Employment Law

Our employment lawyers provide advice at all stages of the employment life cycle, from bringing on new employees to workplace policies to termination and redundancy. Navigating Australia’s employment law framework can be a real challenge. Thankfully, with an experienced lawyer on your side, you can set up for success from the start. Discuss your needs with our team and we’ll provide you with the legal support and representation you need to get the best possible results.

What is Employment Law?

Employment law issues are relevant to any business that has employees or contractors. This means that even if you are a sole trader or freelancer yourself, employment law will apply if you are hiring staff or working with contractors.

Employment Law deals with the legislation, administrative rules, precedents and procedures of governmental agencies, as well as the legal responsibilities and rights of workers, trade unions, and employers. The interplay between these elements can create complexities that require specialist employment lawyers. Working with a team of employment lawyers will ensure contracts, salary issues, award levels, legal obligations, and other procedures are set up and followed from the start, protecting your rights as an employer.

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Why OpenLegal?

OpenLegal is a full-service employment law firm offering high quality, personalised legal services. While many lawyers are happy to simply take your money and get the job done, our lawyers aren’t satisfied with surface-level legal work. We’ve changed the way we communicate with our clients, putting you and your needs at the centre of everything we do. By understanding the core of your matter and your needs, we can help you understand your options and provide far more accurate and effective legal support.

How Employment Lawyers Can Help

An employment lawyer should be consulted at all stages of the employment life cycle – new employees, performance issues, redundancies or termination. Get in touch with our employment lawyers to discuss how we can be of help.

We can assist you with:

Creating employment handbooks

Drafting workplace / staff policies

Resolving employment disputes




Ongoing HR consultancy services (we’re a phone call away)

Enterprise agreements

Advice on unfair dismissals and anti-discrimination cases

Contractor / labour-hire issues

General Employment Law

Employment Contracts

When offering employment, you will need to offer an employment contract that complies with relevant legislation, as well as the requirements of Fair Work Australia, specific awards, and relevant enterprise agreements.

Employment contracts should also contain provisions that protect your business, for example by protecting confidentiality, preventing ex-employees from competing directly with you, taking your staff with them to a new venture, or approaching your suppliers.

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Redundancy & Termination

We understand that sometimes, things don’t go to plan. Terminating employees can be a highly risky area, and it is important to ensure this process is done in a manner that is legally compliant to avert the risk of an unfair dismissal claim, or other actions. 

Contractors, Interns, and other Arrangements

Using contractors, freelancers, or interns are also forms of engaging staff which all have legal implications. If you’ve contracted anyone to do work for you, it’s likely employment law will apply. Our lawyers can advise you on what you need to be aware of and help you understand your obligations as an employer.

Employment Lawyers for Startups

There are some employment issues that are unique to startups. There can be a close interconnection between founders, early-stage employees and shareholders with some startups. There can also be issues of early-stage contributors to the startups who are paid in equity. These aren’t necessarily problems in themselves, but it is important for these arrangements to be clearly understood and documented. 

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OpenLegal have been vital to our growth. They’ve provided us with the ongoing legal infrastructure necessary for a business growing at our scale.

Nathan Besser, CEO
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OpenLegal is a commercial law firm using a streamlined, project-managed approach to move fast, providing high quality and affordable legal services.

We provide

  • Fixed Fees
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  • Specialist business & startup lawyers
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