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
Caroline Mostafa
Tarryn Jeffery
Tom Drake
Melonee Davies

Topics We’ve Written About

What should I do if I think I am being underpaid?

What should I do if I think I am being underpaid?

There are a number of ways in which an employee might be underpaid. It may be the case for example, that there has been a complete failure to pay your wage, superannuation entitlement or an amount owed for a period of leave (including annual, long service or personal...

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Employment issues for the gig economy

Employment issues for the gig economy

Are works employees or independent contractors? The controversy as to whether workers in the gig economy are employees or independent contractors continues with the recent decision in Franco v Deliveroo Australia Pty Ltd [2021] FWC 2818. In that decision handed down...

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Job Keeper Leads to Job Loss?

Job Keeper Leads to Job Loss?

As the ending of JobKeeper looms, support for the Commonwealth Government’s argument that it has been discouraging people from working can be found in the decision of Howard v Pinnacle People [2020] FWC 6975. Pinnacle is a labour hire agency specialising in the supply...

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