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Employment, Work, Health and Safety

Our employment law group provides practical and commercial advice in all employment-related matters. Coupled with our widespread litigation experience in this area, our group has successfully represented employers and employees across a diverse range of industries and sectors.

Our group helps businesses with:

  • Contract preparation and negotiation
  • Reviewing and drafting workplace policies
  • Advising on managing employees from recruitment to termination.

Our lawyers have experience in conducting workplace investigations into employee grievances and workplace incidents. They also provide workplace training to managers and employees on topics including performance management and acceptable workplace behaviour.

McCabes employment lawyers have represented clients before all relevant civil courts and tribunals, including the Federal Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Local, District and Supreme Courts of NSW, the Fair Work Commission, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and Australian Human Rights Commission.

Our employment law group also provides assistance and support in work health and safety and discrimination matters.

Expertise

  • Contracts of employment (including senior executive contracts) and contractor agreements
  • Workplace policies and procedures
  • Enterprise agreements
  • Underperforming employees and employees with an injury or illness
  • Workplace investigations, including in respect of bullying and harassment, employee misconduct and employee complaints
  • Termination of employment, including redundancy, misconduct and underperformance
  • Restraints of trade
  • Unfair dismissal and general protections claims
  • Statutory compliance, including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW) and relevant industrial awards
  • Employment in corporate restructuring and sale of business
  • Work health and safety
  • Coronial inquests
  • Discrimination

We provide bespoke advice and excellent solutions. Whether you have a general question, feedback or seek legal counsel, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Meet our people

Tim McDonald
Principal

Tim McDonald

Tim McDonald
Principal

Tim McDonald

Meet Tim

Tim practises in employment and industrial law, work health and safety, discrimination, bullying and harassment, management of injured workers and termination of employment. Over the last 20 years, Tim has advised and represented private and public sector employers from a...
Barnaby Austin
Senior Associate

Barnaby Austin

Barnaby Austin
Senior Associate

Barnaby Austin

Meet Barnaby

As a Senior Associate in the Employment, Workplace Relations & Safety team, Barnaby is an employment and industrial relations specialist. He enjoys forming strong working relationships with clients. Clients find him accessible and easy to get along with, with advice...
Luke Dominish
Senior Associate

Luke Dominish

Luke Dominish
Senior Associate

Luke Dominish

Meet Luke

Luke joined the firm in 2016 and is an associate in McCabes’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Luke holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Macquarie University. He has experience in advising clients...
Lauren Colless
Lawyer

Lauren Colless​

Lauren Colless
Lawyer

Lauren Colless​

Meet Lauren

Lauren is a lawyer in the Employment Team. She works with clients in order to provide advice around a variety of matters such as: award coverage; workplace policies; employment contracts; issues surrounding the termination of employment; and defending unfair dismissal...
Jacqueline White
Lawyer

Jacqueline White

Jacqueline White
Lawyer

Jacqueline White

Meet Jacqueline

Jacqueline joined McCabes as a member of the 2021 Graduate Program and is now a lawyer in the Employment team. Jacqueline assists and advises on a range of employment matters surrounding employment and industrial law, work health and safety, discrimination,...

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