Employment Law & Industrial Relations 

​The Employment Law & Industrial Relations Practice Group is uniquely placed to provide independent and authoritative services to the NSW Government in the area of public sector employment law. It forms part of the Public Law, Employment & Child Protection Division.

We are the pre-eminent authority in this area and have been involved in numerous significant developments from amendments to the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002 in response to the Commonwealth "Work Choices" legislation, to responding to the Fair Work Act 2009 ("FW Act"); as well as advising and assisting on the NSW Government's Wages Policy.

For details regarding specific areas of law relating to government, see the Directory of Services.

What we can do for you

We have expertise in employment and industrial law at the federal and State level. The team also acts for agencies in Work, Health & Safety ("WH&S") prosecutions and assists with dispute resolution whether by informal discussion, conciliation or mediation. We provide accurate, practical advice not only in the context of litigation but also to assist government in applying statute law and implementing decisions.

You will have access to a team of experienced lawyers each of whom specialises in public sector law. You will also benefit from free educational seminars and access to our client newsletter outlining updates and recent decisions in employment law.

The achievements of our team include numerous successful outcomes for the State, whether by way of litigation, direct negotiation or conciliation.

In addition to the areas outlined above, the Employment Law & Industrial Relations Practice Group has substantial expertise in the following areas:

  • federal and NSW award conciliation and arbitration, wage cases and inquiries

  • advising on WH&S compliance as well as WH&S prosecutions and defences

  • workplace surveillance

  • drafting and advising on contracts of employment and awards

  • discrimination law in employment situations

  • advising on employee misconduct, investigations and disciplinary action at all levels

  • recovery of overpayments

  • unfair dismissal and unfair contract proceedings

  • conduct of legal practitioners and health professionals

  • application of the FW Act 2009 to the public sector

  • statutory and award interpretation

  • licensing matters

  • inquests into workplace deaths.

You will also benefit from free educational seminars and access to our client newsletter outlining updates and recent decisions in employment law.

Contact

Clients requiring additional information on the work of the Employment Law & Industrial Relations Practice Group should contact the Director, Nichola Constant on (02) 9224 5151. Clients who would like a copy of the Employment Law & Industrial Relations Practice Group profile which details solicitors' background and experience and support staff contact details, should email csomarketing@cso.nsw.gov.au