Industrial relations law covers the management of work-related obligations and entitlements between employers and their employees as set out in the national workplace relations system, legislated through the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and enforced by the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court. Employers in QLD and NSW are subject to a complex range of industrial relations obligations, including within the following areas :

Minimum wages and entitlements under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)

  • Awards and enterprise agreements
  • Enterprise bargaining
  • Managing Industrial action and disputes
  • Freedom of association and;
  • Union rights of entry.

There are significant exposures for businesses that do not meet all their obligations, including costly legal claims from employees, trade unions or the Fair Work Ombudsman. Individuals involved in the running of the business such as directors, managers and supervisors can be held personally liable for non-compliance with workplace laws. Fines for breaching parts of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) are up to $63,000 per breach for companies and $12,600 for individuals. For ‘serious contraventions’, fines can be up to $630,000 or $126,000 for companies and individuals respectively.

Consulting with a specialist Industrial Relations lawyer can mitigate this risk. Our Industrial Relations lawyers are available in South East Queensland and northern New South Wales. Contact us today to find out how we can protect you and your business.