McKays Employment Law and WHS Team can look after you and help you every step of the way when you have an employment or workplace issue.

We can help you when you are considering a contract offering employment, you have to deal with a problem in the workplace or when you are leaving a job, voluntarily or otherwise.

The McKays Employment Law and WHS Team can look after your employment law or work health and safety issues including:

  • Unfair Dismissal and General Protections – advise and represent you in the Fair Work Commission or Queensland Industrial Relations Tribunal at mediations, conciliations and hearings;
  • Discrimination and harassment – advice as to your rights and assistance with your case including representation in conciliations and in the Tribunals;
  • Employment contracts and ancillary agreements – helping make sure you get a fair deal;
  • Redundancy, relocation and redeployment – helping you protect your rights;
  • Awards – advice and assistance to ensure you get what you are entitled to;
  • Enterprise Bargaining and collective agreements – explaining the process and assisting you with negotiations;
  • Restraint of trade clauses – advising you whether restraints are enforceable and protecting you against breach;
  • Workplace policies – making sure your rights are protected and how to ensure they are;
  • Work Health and Safety – looking after your interests (as opposed to those of your employer) in workplace investigations and prosecutions.

Employer's Survival Kit

Employment Law issues can pose risks to any business. Innovative solutions are now required to minimise these risks from problems arising in the workplace. McKays' Employer's Survival Kit provides practical advice and recommendations for your business and gives you the opportunity to receive training sessions, telephone advice, reviewing and maintaining of employment contracts and much more.

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