EMPLOYMENT LAW EXPERTS
Your employees are your biggest asset. Protecting them is critical to your success. But you also need to make sure that you manage any risks or potential claims to ensure your resilience. There are many aspects to employment law that can make it tricky. The law is also quite dynamic, so what worked in the past may not protect you into the future.
All employment arrangements start with a contract. While this may be verbal, it’s always a good idea to put your intentions on paper. This could be an individual employment agreement for managers or an enterprise-wide negotiation that involves unions and other organisations or employers. If you’re buying a new business, the employment agreements should be reviewed to make sure any potential disputes or claims are factored into the price you negotiate.
The health and safety of your employees is paramount. Putting in place robust occupational health and safety (OH&S) frameworks and procedures can help you minimise the risk of incidents and disputes. If something does happen, you may need to participate in a review of the incident, manage WorkCover claims or deal with an OH&S inquiry or prosecution.
Protecting your business from employee accidents, disputes and claims often starts with your policies and procedures. From bullying and sexual harassment to product handling and transport, the frameworks you put in place guide how you work. They may also be subject to scrutiny if something does happen, so it’s important to make sure they cover everything you need.
Our experienced employment lawyers understand what’s important to your business. They listen to your concerns and can give you advice on how to manage any disputes or claims as they arise. If you already have human resource frameworks in place, we can review these for you or help you set them up so you can focus on running your business with confidence.