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        Employment & Industrial Relations

        DWF (Australia)’s specialist Employment and Industrial Relations team of highly skilled lawyers has significant experience assisting executives and management across diverse industry sectors to manage and resolve a broad range of employment issues.

        Our Employment and Industrial Relations team acts for government and corporate entities, including employers of all sizes from SME’s and NFP’s through to multinational companies. We assist our clients to resolve a wide range of issues, including: 

        • Effecting change in workplaces through mergers, acquisitions, restructures and termination of employment; 
        • Implementing enterprise agreements, employment contracts and consultancy contracts;
        • Putting in place alternative sources of labour such as contracting, labour hire and casual employment;
        • Drafting bonus and incentive schemes;
        • Advising on employee entitlements;
        • Interpretation of industrial instruments;
        • Advising on misconduct and performance management;
        • Advising on post-employment obligations, such as restraint of trade and confidentiality;
        • Managing ill and injured employees;
        • Responding to requests for flexible work arrangements;
        • Defending employment litigation in the Fair Work Commission including unfair dismissal applications, general protection claims and applications regarding industrial instruments;
        • Defending discrimination applications in Commissions and Tribunals;
        • Conducting employment litigation including breach of contract actions, claims for employee entitlements and interlocutory injunctions to enforce restraint of trade clauses; and
        • Responding to and taking industrial action. 
        Legal Insight

        Sweeping changes to annualised salaries: will your business be ready?

        04 September 2019

        In Sina Zevari’s recent article he looked at annualised salary arrangements and foreshadowed significant changes to annualised wage clauses in a large number of modern awards. In this article we take a look at some of the more onerous obligations for employers and what this could mean for your business.

        Matthew Smith

        • Principal Lawyer // Head of Employment, Safety & Regulatory (Australia)

        Mark Curran

        • Principal Lawyer

        Andrew Ross

        • Supervising Lawyer

        Sina Zevari

        • Principal Lawyer

        Matthew Giles

        • Senior Associate

        Jamie McPherson

        • Managing Director (Australia)

        Emily Dempster

        • Senior Associate

        Michelle Dawson

        • Principal Lawyer