Employment & HR

Employment law

Our Sydney Employment Lawyers

Our Sydney employment lawyers have substantial expertise in a variety of workplace employment and industrial relations matters.

Employment Law

We can assist with:

  • Drafting employment contracts, terms and conditions
  • Providing representation for cases of unfair dismissal
  • Drafting and negotiating the resolution of industrial and workplace disputes
  • Offering advice for workplace contracts, including financial advice for termination of employment
  • Offering advice regarding employee and company taxation concerns
  • Drafting and negotiating enterprise agreements
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Drafting terms and conditions of internet and email usage
  • Discrimination and harassment issues

Industrial Law

We can provide assistance with:

  • Drafting and negotiating the resolution of industrial disputes
  • Advising clients for workforce restructuring
  • Drafting and negotiate policies and procedures
  • Statutory obligations under Commonwealth and State legislation
  • Risk management of workplace hazards

To find out how our we can help you, contact the team at Tom Howard Legal today.

Employment Law FAQs

Employment law, also known as Workplace Law or Industrial Relations, is a legal framework that governs the relationship between employers and employees.

This framework comprises rights and obligations under common law and in equity, Federal and State legislation, and other workplace instruments such as enterprise agreements, modern awards, and employment contracts.

It encompasses a wide range of legal rights and obligations for both parties including, but not limited to, hiring and firing employees, working conditions, wages and entitlements, discrimination, harassment, workplace safety, use of confidential information, restrictions on post employment activities, and surveillance and monitoring of employees. Tom Howard Legal has a team of Sydney Employment Lawyers ready to help tackle your claim.

Our Sydney Employment Lawyers will assist both employers and employees across the full spectrum of employment issues. Some employment issues we commonly experience include the following:

  • Drafting, tailoring, or negotiating employment contracts, including bespoke employment contracts for senior employees and creating employment contract templates for businesses
  • Employee management including performance and misconduct management
  • Advice for senior executives and directors
  • Unfair dismissal
  • General Protections, workplace rights, and discrimination
  • Compliance with Modern Awards
  • Unpaid benefits and entitlements
  • Non-competition or non-solicitation clauses

If you believe your employment rights have been violated, consider taking the following steps:

1. Document the issue: Keep a record of any incidents, dates, times, and individuals involved in the violation.

2. Review your employment contract and relevant laws: Familiarize yourself with your rights and obligations as an employee under the employment laws and your employment contract.

3. Seek legal advice: Consult with an employment lawyer who can provide guidance on your specific situation and help you understand your legal options.

These options may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Raising the issue internally: If appropriate, you may be able to address the issue with your employer through a formal complaint or grievance procedure within your organization.

2. File a complaint: you may be able to file a complaint with a government agency or external body.

3. Consider mediation or negotiation: In some cases, negotiating with your employer can result in a mutually acceptable resolution without going to court.

4. Litigation: If other methods fail and you have a legal cause of action available to you, you may choose to file commence proceedings in a court or tribunal.

These options each carry their own risks and benefits. Your lawyer will provide advice on the appropriate strategy depending on your specifical goals and concerns.