Employment Relationship Problems
We offer advice and support on all aspects relating to employment relationship problems. Employment relationship problems can arise in a number of situations, from disputes over holiday or pay calculations to disciplinary or performance matters. They affect all the parties involved both on a professional and personal level and can consume hours of time and resources. Our team will inject sound and experienced knowledge into your situation in order to resolve it and attain the desired outcome in a timely manner, whether in preparation or defence of a claim.
We specialise in the following non-exclusive areas:
We provide advice on all relevant aspects of disciplinary law and practice. We have a wealth of experience in addressing situations involving misconduct and serious misconduct and will sit down with you to work out the most effective and legally sound way of dealing with disciplinary matters, including how to commence proceedings and how to resolve them. We can assist you throughout the entire disciplinary process, from investigations, to warnings, through to possible termination of employment.
Resolving personal grievances can be a lengthy process and we provide advice and support in a timely and constructive manner. We offer advice on how to approach a personal grievance that an employee has raised, how to proceed in negotiations and how to reach a settlement and/or other resolution. Our skilled team will help to ensure that what can often be a difficult and stressful process is resolved as smoothly and quickly as possible with the least amount of impact on day to day business.
We have considerable experience in advising clients regarding mediation. More often than not a personal grievance or a disciplinary issue will end up in mediation and we will represent you and assist you in working towards a positive and constructive consensus. Our services include meeting with you to discuss the relevant issues related to your case, preparing mediation submissions and attending mediation hearings with you as your representative.
Employment Relations Authority and Court Proceedings
We provide advocacy services from the outset of any employment relationship problem right through to its conclusion, which will sometimes involve proceedings in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and on occasion other Courts up to the Supreme Court. Such proceedings involve a considerable amount of procedural and administrative work and we undertake this in conjunction with the preparation and presentation of clients’ substantive claims. We have proven success and experience in the area of representing both small and large businesses and government agencies before the Authority and the courts.
See ‘Collective Bargaining’.