What is Employment Law and how does it operate in Australia?

As the name suggests, Australian employment law is a collection of Commonwealth rules and regulations aimed at adjudicating workplace relations between employers and employees. Lawyers who specialise in this help with various important aspects. They act for employees whose employers refuse to comply with National Employment Standards. We also act for employers to assist with human resources planning, policies, procedures and can even assist in Enterprise Agreement process.

Moreover, this Commonwealth system outlines minimum requirements for working conditions (such as national minimum wage), any claim that can protect employees, and their employment rights. There are many federal anti-discrimination laws that are important in employment law. Post COVID there is a high demand for flexible workplace arrangement, we can also assist in this process.

We can help with:

  1. Reviewing employment contracts.
  2. Managing disputes in all sectors including acting for private sector employees and casual employees.
  3. Assessing employment relationship and filing claims in case of unfair dismissal.
  4. Reviewing Enterprise Agreements. 

Australia Employment Law Legislation

In Australian employment law, the Fair Work Act (2009) is the most important legislation. There are other sources of employment law such as industrial instruments, common law and federal, state and territorial regulations. We can provide you with important advice on many different issues. There are certain other important and relevant legislation such as:

  • Corporation Act 2001: The main legislation regulating companies under employment law (including guide for any small business) in Australia.
  • Independent Contractors Act 2006: This legislation protects the rights of independent contractors.
  • Competition and Consumer Act 2010: This covers various areas of the market including relationships between suppliers, retailers, consumers and wholesalers. It promotes fair trading and competition.

When discussing employment law, the main emphasis is placed on issues that workers face in the office. They have rights that they should be aware of. Often many parties file a class action against their company if they have a claim against it. To avoid these issues contact as and let us assist you with your human resources policies and procedures. We can also look at how they all tie together and provide advice on methods to consult on these policies with your workforce.