Our workplace relations and safety team assist our clients in navigating the complex maze of employment and safety rights and obligations in a way that is aligned to their unique operational needs and strategic objectives.
We are proud to work with some of the biggest employers in Australia in both the corporate and government sectors. We have special expertise in the government, financial services and retail sectors.
We advise over 30 government organisations on a full range of employment, industrial relations and safety matters. We work for both Commonwealth and NSW government agencies such as the Department of Defence, Transport for NSW, NSW Police Force and NSW Health and numerous local government agencies, including the City of Sydney and Waverley Council.
Our team also acts for the biggest private sector employers in Australia including Woolworths, 2 of the Big 4 Australian Banks and large insurers. We frequently advise these clients on their most sensitive matters. We work with them, often at short notice, to resolve disputes and protect their business interests. This includes making and defending urgent applications for injunctive relief, conducting workplace investigations, as well as attending critical safety incidents or dealing with industrial action as a corporate 'first responder'.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2016
Lead adviser on the restructure of employment in the RailCorp reform. Advised on the use of legislative provisions to transfer employees; the transfer of the RailCorp Enterprise Agreements and the transfer of other employment conditions; obtaining an order for the RailCorp Enterprise Agreement to apply to new employees in Sydney Trains and NSW Trains; restructuring employment arrangements for senior executives; and the operation and future negotiation of enterprise agreements for each subsidiary.
Acted for Woolworths on its national supermarket agreement. The enterprise agreement covers approximately 100,000 employees - more than any other agreement in Australia.
We have also been involved in landmark decisions in the Fair Work Commission on the interpretation of the Fair Work Act.
The Hastie Group had 7,000 employees and its administration gave rise to various urgent employment law issues. HDY provided initial advice about the potential stand-down of thousands of workers and the ramifications of such action within Unions. We also provided urgent advice and strategy on potential occupational health and safety (OHS) issues. Advised on proposals to have Hastie workers employed by contractors to enable construction works to continue.
Advising NSW's largest government agencies on the impact of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 and drafting of legislative amendments.
Representing Aon to enforce post-employment contractual restraint on a senior executive who joined a competitor.
13 Dec 2016
How innovation as a concept is driving different initiatives in the financial services industry.
23 Mar 2016
Current legal developments and issues impacting the financial services industry.
02 Sep 2015
16 Oct 2014
The High Court has today upheld BHP's sacking of an employee for waving a sign accusing other employees of being 'scabs'.
10 Sep 2014
The High Court has unanimously found that employers are not bound by an implied term of mutual trust and confidence.
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession
Employment & Industrial Relations
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Workplace Health & Safety Law