Harmers is a multi-award winning employment law firm, having won the ALB Australasian Law Award for 'Employment Specialist Firm of the Year' for seven years (2006 to 2011 & 2013); the Legal Media Group Euromoney Australasian Women in Business Law Awards - as 2014 'Best Firm for Work-Life Balance' and 2012 & 2013 'Best Firm in Sydney for Women in Business Law'. The firm has also received a number of prestigious awards for people management, innovation, workplace excellence and the promotion of work life balance. Harmers has run some of Australia's most innovative landmark cases across the areas of discrimination, harassment and industrial relations law. Harmers is unique in that it provides advice to participants across the spectrum of workplace relations in Australia. This includes primarily blue-chip corporate employers - ranging from companies ranked in the Top 5 in the world, on a capitalisation basis, through to small businesses; employer groups and major unions; government at all levels; as well as an array of individuals including prominent CEOs and media personalities, through to pro bono clients otherwise unable to access justice without the firm's support.
Managing compliance obligations in relation to payment of termination benefits to senior executives
23 Mar 2015
The recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia in Queensland Mining Corporation Ltd v Howard Victor Renshaw & Ors (“Renshaw”) provides useful guidance on the sections of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (“Corporations Act”) that regulate the payment of termination benefits to senior executives in Australia. This article analyses the findings of the case and seeks to provide employers with guidance as how to manage their compliance obligations under this regime.
Pre-employment health screening
09 Jul 2014
In October 2013, the press reported a public outcry arising from the requirement by the international oil and gas giant, Chevron, for job applicants to answer a lengthy pre-employment questionnaire which included questions in relation to, among other things, the reproductive histories of the applicant and their spouse. The story caused significant controversy, with many considering the questions to be inappropriate, irrelevant and potentially discriminatory.
The Legal Profession and the new “Anti-Bullying” laws
10 Apr 2014
From 1 January 2014 the Fair Work Commission gained new jurisdiction to make orders about stopping bullying in the workplace. The first decisions under the new legislative regime are now appearing. For lawyers, any new legislation adds to the range of matters about which advice must be given, but these changes also should cause lawyers to think about the effect on their own conduct, and their own practices