Workplace Relations & Safety

Our workplace relations & safety group has full service industrial relations, employment and occupational health & safety expertise. This expertise comes from the team’s longstanding experience in a variety of top tier and in-house corporate roles. The team’s key strengths are:

  • strategic IR, enterprise bargaining and industrial litigation (including good faith bargaining, protected action and pickets)
  • corporate performance, change management and productivity
  • executive remuneration, contracts and policy
  • OHS and major incidents
  • unfair dismissal, EEO and adverse action, and
  • workplace surveillance and privacy.

Our industry experience covers a diverse field including construction, resources, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, maintenance engineering, banking and financial services, health, education, telecommunications, transport, logistics, primary industry and food processing, IT, media, property services and real estate, professional services, and retail.

We add value through insight, advice and practical steps.

Invite us out (on our time) for a site tour, a team meeting or a general get together. Our clients often tell us what a genuinely different experience it is to work with us!

 

Recognition

KHQ’s Workplace Relations & Safety team has received the following recognised:

  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Leading Firm – Employment (2017-2020).
  • Doyles Guide – recommended in the Leading Employment Law Firms (Employer Representation) category for Victoria (2018-2020)
  • Doyles Guide – recommended in the Leading Workplace Health & Safety Law Firms for Victoria (2020).

Director, Chris Gianatti, has received multiple accolades, including:

  • Doyles Guide – recommended in the Leading Employment Lawyers (Employer Representation) category for Victoria – 2018-2020.
  • Chambers & Partners – Asia Pacific Guide 2019 & 2020 – Employment Law.
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific:  Leading Individual – Employment (Australia) – 2015-2020.
  • The Best Lawyers™ in Australia for Labour & Employment Law – 2018-2020.
  • Lexology Client Choice: Winner – Employment & Benefits (Australia) – 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Related News & Insights

Workplace Relations – COVID-19 FAQs


Posted By on 24/03/20 at 10:00 PM

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COVID-19: Have you reviewed your Business Continuity Planning?


Posted By on 27/02/20 at 2:15 PM

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Stress leave – minimising adverse action risk


Posted By on 10/02/20 at 8:01 AM

This is the third post in a series on adverse action claims, based on a presentation and paper delivered by Michael Cochrane (Special Counsel) on the Television Education Network (TEN) on 13 November 2019.  In our previous post, we discussed why and how employees use adverse action provisions during a legitimate performance management process.  In this … Read more