Employment Law for Employees
Workplace disputes are difficult and stressful. Robertson Hyetts’ Employment Law solicitors can provide advice and assistance to resolve your workplace issues before they deteriorate and cause long term harm to you and your relationship with your employer.
At Robertson Hyetts Solicitors we make it easy for you. We provide a range of services and offer advice and guidance.
Know your rights and responsibilities
Identifying your rights and responsibilities in the workplace can be difficult – Robertson Hyetts Solicitors are here to help.
The longer a workplace issue remains unresolved, the more likely it is to damage the employment relationship and your wellbeing. Robertson Hyetts Solicitors aim to resolve commercial issues and disputes swiftly and discretely.
Employment Law for Employers
Having employees in your business can be challenging and stressful. The laws relating to hiring, firing and managing employees are complex. At Robertson Hyetts Solicitors we make employment law attainable. We provide a range of services and offer legal advice and guidance.
Be a proactive employer
It’s important to recognise and resolve potential issues before they arise. This keeps your business operating smoothly and your employees working effectively. By being a proactive employer and creating appropriate employment contracts and agreements, you mitigate the risk to your business. Robertson Hyetts Solicitors can help you by reviewing your contracts and workplace agreements.
The longer an issue goes unresolved, the more tense it can become. Our aim is to keep the resolution time to a minimum, allowing your business to continue operating efficiently, saving you both time and money.
Our Employment Law services include:
- Pre business purchase employment audits
- Employment Agreements
- Terminations, including unfair dismissal and general protections applications
- Redundancies and entitlements
- Performance management and discipline
- Award interpretation and advice
- Workplace Disputes
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Harassment and Bullying Complaints
- Workplace Investigations
- Fair Entitlements Guarantee claims
Employment Law FAQs
Great question. Employing staff requires some homework and groundwork to get started. Here’s five top tips to help you.
1. Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website: It has some basic templates and tools for employment arrangements. Business Victoria and www.business.gov.au are also great sources of information.
2. Put employment arrangements in writing: Employment contracts set out if your employee is full time, part time or casual. It also specifies pay rates, leave entitlements and notice provisions. Engage a legal professional to assist with employment contracts, so you can minimise grounds for disputes.
3. Pay the right rates and superannuation. Don’t become the next George from Masterchef! Most jobs are covered by an Award and you can calculate them by using the P.A.C.T calculator on the Fair Work Ombudsman site. Don’t forget, Award rates change on July 1 every year and you need to keep good payroll and leave records (use a payroll app), and also provide payslips. Pay superannuation at least quarterly.
4. Workplace policies. Have key policies so everyone knows the rules they need to play (work) by. Code of conduct, OHS, bullying and harassment, social media and leave policies are a great start. A legal professional can help you to draft workplace policies.
5. OHS and Workcover. Visit the Worksafe site to make sure that you know your obligations as an employer. Noone wants to see a person injured at work and as a business owner, the responsibility rests with you. Also speak to your insurance agent or accountant about Workcover insurance, which is compulsory.
Having great staff is really rewarding, but employing staff can sometimes get a bit tricky. Chatting with an employment lawyer and human resources advisor is a worthwhile investment. At Robertson Hyetts, we love getting to know our local small business owners and providing practical and cost-conscious advice to avoid setbacks and help your business grow.
Robertson Hyetts Solicitors is a co-convener of the Bendigo Regional HR Network.
To learn more about upcoming events and topics visit the Bendigo Regional HR Network page.
Learn more about the Employment Law Fundamentals and some of the key pieces of legislation every employer should know when it comes to employing staff.
For legal advice that protects your interests phone now for an appointment: Bendigo 03 5434 6666; Castlemaine 03 5472 1588 or Melbourne by appointment.
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