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Expertise

Rachel specialises in providing advice in relation to employee management and entitlements. Rachel’s expertise covers industrial relations, employee entitlements and award coverage, with particular specialty in the areas of workers’ health legislation, discrimination, managing discipline and dismissal, assessing workplace health and safety compliance, and transmission of business issues. 

Rachel is a Certified Professional with the Australian Human Resources Institute and regularly presents at national and international conferences on employment and human resources law. 

Rachel was selected for inclusion as a Notable Practitioner for Employment in the 2015 Chambers and Partners Legal Directory. Rachel has been recognised in Best Lawyers for her Labour and Employment Law expertise since 2014 and in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2013/14 & 2014/15) for Corporate/M&A.

Experience

Rachel’s key experience includes the following:

Employment and Industrial Relations

  • drafting employment agreements
  • advising on legal issues relating to legal entitlements, discipline, performance review, termination and workforce restructure
  • preventing and resolving disputes, and representation of clients, in a range of State and Federal courts and industrial commission and tribunals, on matters including:
  • contractual claims
  • interpretation of industrial instruments
  • professional misconduct and dismissal issues
  • discrimination and harassment complaints
  • public sector employment issues
  • assisting clients to make the transition to operate under the Fair Work (and earlier) legislation, including advice (and cases conducted in the Industrial Court of Queensland) on whether employers are ‘constitutional corporations’ and advice, negotiation and drafting in relation to common law collective agreements
  • advice and representation on employment and industrial law in education environments.

Workers’ compensation

  • managing more than 100 WorkCover claims each year, representing both workers and employers in the Industrial Magistrates Court and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission at the review and appeal level
  • advising employers on WorkCover claims including obtaining factual evidence, advising on the correct level of compensation payable and rehabilitation obligations
  • acting for the Queensland Teachers Union and the Queensland Independent Education Union, representing many members in workers’ compensation claims and before the Medical Assessment Tribunals of WorkCover Queensland.

Work health and safety

  • reviewing and drafting WHS policies including auditing compliance against relevant legislation, and drafting internal policies and procedures
  • representing employers and various levels of management in response to work health and safety incidents, including attending investigation interviews, responding to Infringement Notices and representation in court prosecutions.

Equal employment and opportunity

  • representing clients in the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland, QCAT and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Professional Bodies Registration Compliance and Disciplinary Issues

  • advising general medical practitioners in relation to issues arising out of insurance coverage, medical board registration and allegations of misconduct
  • advising the national physiotherapists board in relation to physiotherapists’ registration, course accreditation including natural justice application
  • defending 15-20 teachers annually in accordance with arrangement with Queensland Teachers’ Union and Queensland Independent Education Union in relation to defence of application to cancel teacher registration by the Queensland College of Teachers, through proceedings in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Publications

12 June 2018 - Blog

What's News in Immigration Law? – 12 June 2018

#Immigration Law

Migration (IMMI 18/015: English Language Tests and Evidence Exemptions for Subclass 500 (Student) Visa) Instrument 2018 The instrument specifies the required levels of English language proficiency applicants must have to meet the criteria for the Subclass 500 (Student) visa (6 June 2018).

05 June 2018 - Blog

Work, health and safety: A matter of life or death?

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The tragic death of four visitors to the Dreamworld theme park and two workers at Eagle Farm racecourse in late 2016 has led many to question our current work health and safety laws.

30 May 2018 - Blog

What's News in Immigration Law? – 30 May 2018

#Immigration Law

Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) is given Royal Assent: Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 22 May 2018.