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.
The Australian employment law framework is complex, and navigating it can be a challenge. Employment law issues are relevant to any business that has employees or contractors.
What is Employment Law?
Employment Law deals with the legislation, administrative rules, precedents and procedures of governmental agencies dealing with the legal responsibilities and rights of workers, trade unions, and employers. The interplay between these elements can create complexities that require specialist employment lawyers.
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 competing directly with you or taking your staff with them to a new venture, or approaching your suppliers.
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.
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 necessary problems in themselves, but it is important for these arrangements to be clearly understood and documented.
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 team to discuss how we can be of help.
We can assist you with:
- Employment contracts
- Internship Contracts
- Influencer Contracts
- 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