Issues that arise in the workplace are often subject to legal regulations. Dismissals, for instance, are never pleasant, but if you feel you’ve been let go from a position unfairly you may have reason to seek legal advice and claim damages. The same rules apply to any contract negotiations, workplace accidents or unsafe working conditions and your employer is required to follow certain protocol to remain within the boundaries of the law.
It is illegal to discriminate against employees on the basis of personal characteristics, beliefs, and activity. These include but are not limited to: impairment, race, religion and sexual orientation. If you feel you’ve been dismissed from a current position or denied a job based on any of the above, you may be able to take action.
Employment contract negotiations:
The accurate discussion and negotiating of employment terms and conditions in a contract or other legally binding document is of extreme importance, and dictates working conditions for the nature and duration of your employment.
The Fair Work Act 2009 clearly stipulates the rules and procedures to be followed during the bargaining process between employers, employees and bargaining representatives. Adhering to this law is a requirement for all parties involved in the negotiation process.
If the worst should happen while at work, ensure you have a legal team to represent you with knowledge and understanding.
Restructuring or other corporate matters can affect your job and make you redundant, so appointing a lawyer to negotiate the terms and conditions of your leaving package is crucial.
Everyone has the right to work without fear. If you are being sexually harassed in the workplace, working with a specialist employment lawyer can ensure the fair and just treatment of your case.
If you believe you have been the subject of an unfair dismissal at work, consult with lawyers who specialise in employment law to guide you through the tribunal process.
It is unlawful for your employer to take any form of “adverse action” against you for a number of reasons including for exercising a workplace right (such as making a complaint or enquiry about your employment), or you have engaged in industrial activities (such as becoming a union member, or representing the views of your union). If you feel that you are being unfairly treated in this way, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Creating safe and harmonious working spaces should be paramount for any organisation. Your employer is required to ensure employees aren’t subject to health and safety risks and if you feel the bullying you’ve been subject to falls into this category seeking appropriate legal advice can be vital.
If you find yourself involved in a dispute in the workplace, ensuring you have expert legal advice is a necessity in order to comply with laws that could affect you at work and protect against possible contract infringements.
Workplace health and safety:
To avoid accidents and near-misses at work proper compliance with health and safety law is a requirement for all businesses. Neglect of these laws is serious and can lead to injury or death. Employers that fail to put the necessary precautions in place may be in violation of Workplace Health and Safety requirements, giving you license to take action.
Being placed under investigation can be a stressful and emotional time for those involved. During a suspension period or other investigation sound advice can help you ensure you are complying with your contract and following employment law best practice.
If you’ve been involved with any of the above instances, it’s important to seek legal advice and guarantee you’re aware of all your rights and responsibilities as an employee. Contact the team at WGC Lawyers for more information about your workplace queries.
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