Workplace Relations & Safety - Henry Davis York

Workplace Relations & Safety

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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 team ‘provides a great service’ and ‘proactively identifies external factors that may impact clients’ businesses'

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2016

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Our relevant experience

  • Transport for NSW and RailCorp

    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.

  • Woolworths

    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.

  • PPB Advisory

    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.

  • Transport for NSW and NSW Police Force

    Advising NSW's largest government agencies on the impact of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 and drafting of legislative amendments.

  • Aon Corporation

    Representing Aon to enforce post-employment contractual restraint on a senior executive who joined a competitor.

Our insights

Independent endorsements

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific
    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