Elizabeth McDonald and Ian Connor each have considerable experience in this complex and active area of law. It is wise to get legal advice both before employing someone and before terminating an employee's services so that you know where you stand legally. If you are an employee and you believe you may have been wrongfully terminated, we can help you receive your full entitlements.
Contracts and Service Agreements
The law in relation to employment contracts and service agreements is always undergoing change. For advice on the current position and how you can best protect yourself and your business, contact us
Unfair Dismissals and Redundancies
The law in this area is complicated and contentious. Contact us for advice before you decide to terminate someone's employment.
Breaches of Employment Contract
An employment contract is a legally binding agreement between an employer and an employee. It outlines the employee's rights and responsibilities to the employer, and also the employer's obligations towards the employee. Employment contracts may be in writing or partly in writing and partly verbal. If an employer changes the conditions of your employment or service and you do not agree to the change, this may constitute a breach of contract. You must make it clear to your employer that you do not agree to the change or you risk waiving your right to take action for a breach of your contract in the future.
We can provide you with advice as to the most appropriate course of action available to you if you think your employer has breached your contract of employment. We can also help you to negotiate the terms of your contract.
Awards and Statutory Entitlements
Most employees, with some exceptions, are covered by an award or have certain statutory entitlements which must be complied with. If your human resources department is unsure of its position, you should contact us for advice before you take any decision that could have an or any adverse consequences in the future.