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Employment law

Our employment lawyers have extensive experience in public sector bargaining, machinery-of-government changes and work health and safety. AGS has provided specialist advice to agencies on Commonwealth industrial and employment legislation for many years. We played a significant role in advising the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on the making of the Fair Work Act 2009.

AGS can advise on all aspects of public sector employment and workplace relations matters, including the interpretation of the fundamental legislation in this area – the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Public Service Act 1999, as well as enterprise bargaining processes, including the requirements of the Australian Government Employment Bargaining Framework.

We can help clients draft and interpret enterprise agreements, individual employment arrangements (contracts, individual flexibility arrangements and determinations) and consultancy agreements, as well as advise on appointments and engagements of personnel, and on workplace discrimination.

We advise on reviews of employment actions and misconduct matters, including writing procedures and policies, scrutinising reports, assessing evidence, advising on procedural fairness requirements, advising on suspensions and sanctions, and responding to submissions.

We also advise on procedures relating to termination of employment, including redundancy, and on the operation of legislation relevant to workers' compensation, superannuation, long service leave, maternity leave and work health and safety.

  Paul Vermeesch Deputy Chief Solicitor Dispute Resolution 02 6253 7428
  Craig Rawson Senior Executive Lawyer 03 9242 1248
  Fiona Dempsey Senior Executive Lawyer 07 3360 5737
  Bridget Gilmour-Walsh Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7563
  Elen Perdikogiannis Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7462
  Catherine Mann Senior Executive Lawyer 02 6253 7402
  Andrew Chapman Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7206
  Paul Barker Senior Executive Lawyer 03 9242 1257
  Olivia Abbott Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7023
  Sarah Wright Senior Executive Lawyer 02 6253 7630
  Brendan Watts Counsel 02 6253 7463