Practical, cost effective and timely employee relations advice and solutions

As a senior manager you may face a variety of people challenges:

  • Bullying or harassing workplace behaviours.
  • Difficult and stressful conversations in counselling and performance management.
  • Poor attitudes showing up in the form of absenteeism, low quality work, or disrespectful behaviours.

All of this operating in a complex legal framework including awards, the NES, and the Fair Work Act. Where any misstep might result in:

  • Expensive back pay claims because the awards were not applied correctly.
  • Adverse action claims against you when an employee does not like your decisions.
  • Threat of expensive unfair dismissal and general protections holding you back in your employee management.

This is not your area of expertise but being unaware of the law is simply not an option.

Get it wrong it can become expensive AND drain your time and energy to defend what you thought were appropriate decisions.  At the Fair Work Commission, various discrimination, or harassment tribunals, or even the Federal Court.

Employee relations is rarely a simple black or white decision – there is too much grey, too many unknowns. Get a lawyer and your problem can be dragged out while they try to eliminate all the risks before they allow you to act. Costs and stress increase.

We take a practical and systematic approach to control an issue and find a solution.  This often results in a faster and cheaper outcome for you.

Our clients trust us and seek our advice early. We develop the most suitable risk balanced solution. We can then guide you through it step by step or, if you prefer, step in, and run the matter directly. It frees you to focus on managing your business.

Services About Us

Michael provided us with a strategy that saved us thousands of dollars

My business partner and I first worked with Michael to resolve a complex employee relations issue. In one short meeting we developed a strategy that saved us tens of thousands of dollars in compensation payments.

Since then we have been relying on Michael’s specialist advice and guidance. While we may be dealing with difficult legal employment questions he gives us plain English options and recommendations. And always with the best interest of our business in mind.

Robin Fridell , Managing Director, The Modern Group Newcastle

Eight Enterprise Agreements across our Group – the process went very smoothly.

ATB Morton is a vertically integrated construction business with a range of different work environments. We engaged Hunter Employee Relations to develop eight Enterprise Agreements across our diverse group of companies. Michael’s professional approach and sound knowledge of the legal complexities of the Fair Work Act, ensured the process went very smoothly.

John Dodd , Group Resources Manager, ATB Morton Group of Companies

Comprehensive knowledge ensured a complex Agreement was approved by Fair Work

Scenic Tours engaged Hunter Employee Relations to re-negotiate several Enterprise Agreements for the Tour Delivery team. This was a difficult exercise as the employees involved were working remotely across Australia and New Zealand. Michael did more than just provide advice - he actively facilitated the making of the Agreement ensuring open communication and driving the negotiation to its conclusion. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the legal requirements which ensured that a complex Agreement was approved by the Fair Work Commission.

David Gilford , Product Delivery Manager, Scenic Tours