Cara Lang
Special Counsel, Sydney
I provide specialist employment law advice to large and multi-national companies on industrial and employee relations matters, including compliance with employee entitlements, remediation of underpayments and regulator engagement, enterprise bargaining and workplace investigations.

I work across various industries in all employment relations matters including litigation. In recent years, I have had a particular focus on identification and remediation of underpayments, particularly where large organisations have a history of acquisitions and different industrial instruments, introducing complexity into payroll systems and identification of employee entitlements.

I also assist clients in the employment law aspects of planning for and managing business integrations or separations arising from mergers and acquisitions.
I bring a wealth of experience in navigating tricky employee issues such as long-term absences and have extensive experience in conducting and advising on bullying and other workplace investigations.

Career highlights

  • Remediation: advising and assisting various clients in the management of large scale employee entitlement remediation's for large employers in the financial services and media industry involving complex and overlapping sources of employee entitlements;
  • Westpac: Advised Westpac in relation to all aspects of the negotiation of the 2019 enterprise agreement.
    Advised a global insurance company in relation to all employee integration aspects of the recent purchase of an Australian life insurance business
  • Investigations: Conducting and advising on workplace investigations for number of clients including for a large Australian bank, a national grocery store and employers in the construction sector, in relation to sensitive and confidential employee investigations involving bullying, harassment and other misconduct. Cara also regularly advises and assists clients who are undertaking their own employee investigations in relation to misconduct
  • Litigation: acting for an international airline in an appeal against an applicant's initially successful unfair dismissal application and then acting in the rehearing of that application. The client was successful in both the FWCFB appeal and then the rehearing of the unfair dismissal application.