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Keisha Currie

LLB

Special Counsel - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations & Safety

Expertise

Keisha is a Special Counsel in our Workplace Relations & Safety group specialising in workplace health and safety. Keisha is passionate about helping clients take a preventative and proactive approach to safety.

Keisha’s practice involves advising on all aspects of workplace health and safety, including advising clients on duties, breaches, investigations, incident response, policy drafting, reviewing safety health management systems and managing risks. Keisha previously worked at the Department of Justice and Attorney-General for Crown Law and has previously worked on a mine site in Central Queensland prior to her career as a lawyer.

Keisha’s practice also involves advising on various legal aspects across employment and workplace relations matters. This includes advising and assisting with workplace disputes, Fair Work Commission complaints, discrimination complaints, workplace investigations and managing discipline and dismissal processes.

Experience

Keisha’s recent experience includes: 

Regulator Prosecutions and Defence

  • assisting a national Regulator in respect to a prosecution against an individual in respect to a breach of their duty under the relevant safety legislation resulting in exposing workers to a serious risk of injury or illness.
  • assisting a national Regulator in respect to a prosecution against a large Queensland organisation in respect to breaches of the relevant safety legislation resulting in the death of a worker and exposing other workers to a serious risk of injury or illness.
  • representing employees, at various levels, in response to work health and safety incidents including attending investigation interviews, responding to infringement notices and representation in prosecutions.

General Safety

  • advising on liability and exposure relating to safety incidents
  • advising on various duties under safety legislation and meeting statutory obligations
  • advising on principal contractor arrangements including reviewing contractual clauses for principal contractor appointments
  • advising on the safety and employment considerations and risks associated with employees disclosing use of medicinal cannabis including use of prescription products containing THC.

Employment and Discrimination Matters

  • advising in defence of a Shopping Centre against claims of discrimination and victimisation on the basis of a mental health condition in the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
  • acting for employers in defence of general protections and unfair dismissal claims in the Fair Work Commission and Federal Circuit Court.
  • assisting a Queensland based Charity in defending a general protections claim.
  • assisting workers in preparing applications for review, including drafting submissions to the Regulator, of WorkCover decisions to deny claim for workers compensation.
  • advising on employer’s ability to monitor employee emails and personal drives provided by employer.

Publications

31 May 2023 - Knowledge

Leave a message at the tone: Employee’s right to disconnect

#Workplace Relations & Safety

A proposed amendment to the Fair Work Act could prevent employers from contacting employees outside of their working hours, except for limited circumstances.

18 April 2023 - Knowledge

Elevating the duty to ensure psychosocial safety: Consequences for non-compliance (Part 3)

#Workplace Relations & Safety

In this final instalment, we consider some of the potential consequences for businesses that fail to comply with the relevant code of practice for managing psychosocial hazards at work.

12 April 2023 - Knowledge

Elevating the duty to ensure psychosocial safety: Key considerations for identifying, assessing and controlling risks (Part 2)

In the second part of this series, we look at some practical considerations for identifying, assessing and controlling psychosocial hazards and risks in the workplace.

04 April 2023 - Knowledge

Elevating the duty to ensure psychosocial safety: New law and key compliance considerations (Part 1)

#Workplace Relations & Safety

In this three part series, we take a closer look at the codes of practice for psychosocial health and what businesses need to consider, practically, when intergrating changes into their workplace.

02 December 2022 - Knowledge

How will the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Act impact human resource management? (Part 1)

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022 has made substantial amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). In this first article of a multi-part series, we look at the provisions regarding fixed term contracts and flexible work, and the impact of these on recruitment and hiring processes.

30 November 2022 - Knowledge

How will the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Act impact human resource management? (Part 2)

#Workplace Relations & Safety

As part of our examination and guide to the changes flowing from the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Act, we continue our series with this next instalment on the provisions relating to pay secrecy and job advertisements.