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Employer & Employee Relations

In Australia the relationship between employer and employees can be governed by an enterprise agreement, which seeks to cover all the employees of a particular employer, a modern award, which seeks to cover employees of various employers not covered by enterprise agreements who do the same type of work and sets out terms and conditions of employment or by common law contracts.

However the relationship is governed, the Fair Work Act 2009 sets out the National Employment Standards, which underpin the minimum terms and conditions of employment of all employees.

Enterprise agreements and modern awards must build on the NES or mean employees are better off than the NES provide. 

Difficulties, which arise in the employer employee relationship may be avoided if a solid and clear basis is established at the start of the relationship.

The Litigation Team has experience in guiding both employers and employees to establish a solid foundation for a harmonious and productive relationship.


Philip Brewin
Greg Doran
Associate Director
Claire Stratton
Senior Lawyer
Caroline Mostafa
Tom Drake
Maggie Wang
Cheianne Christiansen
Jack Holden
Leonie Wright
Liliana Lopera
Legal Assistant
Sophia Korfiatis
Legal Assistant

Topics We’ve Written About

Employers on Notice: Bad Behaviour is Going to Cost

Employers on Notice: Bad Behaviour is Going to Cost

Introduction The landscape of workplace law is undergoing significant change, as amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (‘the Act’) by the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Act 2023 and Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Act 2024...

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A timely reminder from Qantas

A timely reminder from Qantas

In the case Qantas Airways v Transport Workers Union of Australia [2023] HCA 27, the central question on appeal for the High Court was to determine whether Qantas’ decision to outsource its baggage handlers was a contravention of the general protections provisions of...

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5 Tips for an Effective Position Description

5 tips for an effective position description 1. Be crystal clear – it is imperative to document the duties, competencies and responsibilities of the position in writing to afford certainty to the parties as to the requirements of the role. This includes all and any...

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