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

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