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Expertise

Michael is a partner in our Sydney office and practices in all areas of workplace relations with a special focus on work health and safety. Michael acts for a diverse range of clients in construction and manufacturing, agribusiness, media, education, professional services, transport and government.

Michael’s expertise includes:

  • appearing in industrial disputes, litigated claims and coronial hearings
  • work health and safety including structuring WHS management systems, agreements, policies and procedures
  • conducting internal workplace investigations and dealing with investigations by regulatory agencies including WorkCover, Department of Immigration, Fair Work Ombudsman and ABCC
  • management of injured workers including workers compensation, personal injury and return to work issues
  • preparing all forms of employment contracts, including executive contracts, protection of confidential information and restraints of trade
  • the development of collective agreements and interpretation of the Fair Work Act 2009 and industrial instruments
  • managing employment issues in a transfer of business and company restructuring including advice in relation to outsourcing, organisational change and redundancy.

Michael is also listed in the Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 edition for the area of Occupational Health and Safety Law.

Experience

Michael has extensive litigation experience in employment disputes and defending work health and safety prosecutions. Before joining Holding Redlich, Michael’s practice included acting on behalf of WorkCover NSW in prosecuting breaches of the safety legislation. Michael is a regular presenter of seminars and training on workplace issues, in particular on work health and safety.

Publications

03 September 2019 - Knowledge

Health and safety representatives have no right to tinker with worker classification, IRC rules

#Workplace Relations & Safety

In an important decision delivered last month, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has upheld an employer’s discretion to negotiate health and safety representative work groups based on a combination of geographical regions and occupational classifications.

25 June 2019 - Knowledge

Public comment sought on proposed overhaul of harmonised workplace laws

#Workplace Relations & Safety

As reported in March this year, an independent review of the harmonised Work Health & Safety laws in Australia produced a series of recommendations to assist in delivering clarity, consistency and effective operation and enforcement of the laws. Now, Safe Work Australia is seeking public comment on those recommendations.

04 June 2019 - Knowledge

Minimum wage increase from 1 July 2019

#Workplace Relations & Safety

On 30 May 2019, the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision in the Annual Wage Review for 2018-19. The decision will increase the national minimum wage and the modern award minimum wages by 3 percent from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019.