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Consultancy Services

We offer services to help small businesses and not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) create a fair and compliant workplace. With our expertise in investigations, contract preparation, and training, we help our clients to foster a healthy work environment free from bullying, discrimination, harassment, and misconduct.

Small businesses and NFPs can greatly benefit from tailored solutions that address their unique requirements. By prioritising fair employment practices, organisations can enhance employee satisfaction, reduce legal risks, and build a positive reputation in the community.

Meeting Minimum Standards

Managing workplace issues starts with a clear understanding of the relevant laws that govern the workplace.

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) applies to most employer/employee relationships. It sets out minimum standards of employment that must be incorporated into all relevant employment contracts. These are known as the National Employment Standards and relate to maximum weekly hours, flexible working arrangements, leave entitlements, public holidays, notice of termination and redundancy pay.

Employment Contracts

We assist small businesses and NFPs in preparing employment contracts and policies. Crafting effective employment contracts is vital for both employers and employees, as it establishes clear expectations, rights, and responsibilities. We work closely with organisations to tailor contracts that comply with relevant employment laws and regulations. We ensure that the contracts address important aspects such as remuneration, working hours, leave entitlements, termination procedures, and dispute resolution mechanisms. By providing comprehensive employment contracts, we help protect the rights of employees and prevent potential disputes.

Investigations

We can conduct investigations into allegations of bullying, discrimination, harassment, work performance and misconduct. When such claims arise within an organisation, it is essential to address them promptly and impartially. Our trained professionals specialise in conducting thorough investigations, collecting evidence, and providing objective reports. By ensuring fairness in the investigative process, we help organisations resolve conflicts and create a safe working environment for all employees.

While a workplace investigation may be perceived as intrusive and can be particularly challenging when addressing a specific workplace issue, they can result in developing positive and effective strategies to deal with and minimise a range of issues. We can assist by:

  • Undertaking workplace investigations regarding issues such as bullying, discrimination, harassment or misconduct
  • Preparing detailed and objective reports
  • Explaining and advising employers of their obligations under workplace laws
  • Providing advice and representation to small business employers and NFPs during investigations
  • Conducting staff seminars and training on workplace issues such as discrimination and bullying

Policies

The importance of implementing sound policies and codes of conduct for managing workplace relations, disciplinary matters, minimising disputes and dealing with conflict cannot be overstated. Policies that address work health and safety issues such as bullying and harassment may be invaluable in showing that an employer has attempted to instil the required conduct for employees within a workplace, particularly if a matter comes before the Fair Work Commission, a court or tribunal.

Workplace policies define the acceptable standards of behaviour and conduct within an organisation. Well drafted policies promote diversity, inclusion, and respect while complying with anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws. We work closely with employers to create policies that reflect the values and culture of the organisation, fostering a positive work environment for all employees.

Training

We provide training and seminars on discrimination and bullying. These programs are designed to educate employees and employers about their rights and responsibilities, raise awareness about different forms of discrimination and bullying, and provide strategies for prevention and intervention. By equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to identify and address workplace issues, we empower organisations to create a culture of respect, fairness, and equality.

We understand the unique challenges faced by small businesses and NFPs and provide tailored solutions that align with their specific needs and resources. By availing themselves of our consultancy services, employers can ensure legal compliance, mitigate risks, and nurture a positive work environment that attracts and retains talented employees.

If you need any assistance, contact one of our lawyers at [email protected] or call¬†03 9600 2508 for expert legal advice.