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Alice Woods

LLB

Senior Associate - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations & Safety

Expertise

Alice is an experienced workplace relations and safety lawyer. Alice has experience advising public, private and State, Commonwealth and local government clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, from transactions and engagement of new employees, to workplace disputes, employee management and investigations.

Prior to commencing employment with Holding Redlich, Alice was employed by Crown Law in one of its Workplace Law teams for almost two years, performing public sector employment work. 

Experience

Alice’s experience includes:

Employment management

  • discipline processes, including drafting show cause documentation 
  • managing employee poor performance and conduct (including bullying and sexual harassment) 
  • managing employee illness and absenteeism, independent medical examination processes and ill health retirement
  • employment contracts, consultancy and contractor agreements 
  • workplace policies and procedures (including State and Commonwealth whistleblower legislation)
  • workplace drug and alcohol management
  • compliance, interpretation and enforcement of awards and enterprise agreements 
  • termination of employment
  • protection of confidential information and restraints
  • work health and safety.

Investigation and complaints

  • employee grievances including under the State regime
  • undertaking or advising on workplace investigations.

Litigation

  • representing employers in unfair dismissal and adverse action claims
  • defending the State in complaints of discrimination, victimisation, public interest disclosure reprisal, sexual harassment, human rights breaches, and public service appeals
  • appearing for employers at conciliation conferences in the Queensland Human Rights Commission, Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, and Fair Work Commission
  • instructing Counsel at trials for discrimination, victimisation and public interest disclosure reprisal matters in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, Industrial Court of Queensland and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • representing the State in public service appeals and WorkCover appeals to and from the Regulator.

Contracts and transactions

  • drafting employment contracts and consultancy and contractor agreements
  • advising on employment aspects of sale of business transactions, including preparing due diligence reports.

Publications

18 August 2021 - Knowledge

Court raises the bar on compensation for sexual harassment and discrimination in Queensland

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The Industrial Court of Queensland has dramatically increased the compensation for a woman who was tormented, humiliated and sexually harassed by her employer for 14 months.

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