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Industry surveys describe our employment team as having ‘an impressive depth of talent’, providing ‘timely, practical, pragmatic and principled advice’ where ‘turn around time and advice is the best – value for money guaranteed’. MinterEllison is consistently recognised as having one of the leading employment law practices in Australia, with one of the largest teams – 18 partners and more than 80 lawyers practising in Australia (with an affiliate relationship in Tasmania).

Uniquely for an Australian firm, our employment team is trans-Tasman, pan-Asian and international, with specialist employment lawyers based in our offices in Greater China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington) and the United Kingdom (London). Our international capabilities, with proven experience assisting HR and legal departments working within a global framework, mean we are often the ‘first choice’ for many multinationals.

We advise on employment, industrial relations, human resources, executive remuneration, discrimination, and occupational health and safety law.

We have a reputation for providing sound, strategic advice and applying technical skills to the 'real world' of the workplace. We pride ourselves on getting to know your business – which allows us to understand and provide advice that is useful, commercial and easily implemented.

The issues our clients face give us frequent and indepth exposure to the Fair Work Act and the practical issues it poses for employers. We regard ourselves as thought leaders on the legal and practical implications of the Fair Work Act – for example, the impact of the new enterprise bargaining regime.

The quality of our people and the standard of work we deliver is best demonstrated by the genuine longstanding relationships we have with numerous clients, including Australia Post, Macquarie Group, News Limited, Qantas, SingTel Optus, TRUenergy and Xstrata.

13 June 2017

Relief on the horizon for non-compliant Notices of Employee Representational Rights issued in enterprise agreement negotiations

December 2016

In this edition we cover: 

  • Court finds extensive safety procedures not enough to escape conviction
  • Trends in enforceable undertakings
  • Having a SWMS doesn't mean your organisation is complying with WHS laws
  • Guidance on the interaction between WHS laws and Australian Standards
  • Discrimination claim for refusal to employ person with mental health issue
  • Amusement devices at community events
  • Legislative changes (in coal mining, rail and chain of responsibility)

8 December 2016

On 30 November 2016, the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 (Cth), which re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commission

10 November 2016

A recent case, Jurecek v Director, Transport Safety Victoria [2016] VSC 285 highlights the potential broad reach of privacy laws in their application to public sector employers who gather information about their employees and all employers who gather information about prospective employees or other individuals, including for the purposes of legitimate investigations.

October 2016

In this edition we cover:

  • Worker prosecutions becoming more common under WHS laws 
  • An increasing focus on shared safety obligations of labour-hire companies and host employers 
  • A recent case in which a director and a roofing company were fined for safety breaches 
  • A summary of interesting WHS developments around Australia (about the new positive obligations to be imposed on chain of responsibility parties, amended Codes of Practice in NSW and Victoria's proposed new OHS Regulations)
  • Our findings from our inaugural survey about managing staff with mental health issues