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Jennifer van Bronswijk

Expertise

Jennifer is a senior workplace relations practitioner with diverse experience in providing astute industrial and employment advice. With over nine years' experience, she is a trusted adviser, partnering with clients to achieve commercial and sustainable workplace relations outcomes.

Jennifer brings a unique perspective, with a blend of private practice and in-house experience. She understands the critical importance of business objectives in finding solutions to complex legal problems.

Experience

Jennifer’s recent experience includes:

  • advising on the full range of workplace relations matters including industrial instrument interpretation and application, termination of employment, employment contracts, confidentiality and restraint undertakings, policies and procedures, restructuring, transfer of business and independent contractors
  • advising on large scale strategic projects including enterprise agreement negotiations, employee fitness for work management and industrial instrument coverage for new business ventures
  • offering strategic and practical legal advice to resolve sensitive disputes, in relation to terminations, managing ill and injured employees, business restructures and disciplinary and performance management
  • advising and representing employers in general protections, unfair dismissal, and discrimination proceedings
  • strategising to resolve highly complex industrial disputes that significantly impact business operations including enterprise agreement interpretation matters, including through proceedings in the Fair Work Commission.

Publications

23 April 2024 - Knowledge

Restructuring: The risks of overlooking redeployment opportunities

#Workplace Relations & Safety

A Full Federal Court decision highlights an employer’s obligation to explore redeployment opportunities during a restructure.

20 September 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: Responding to the positive duty – AHRC releases guidelines

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s recent guidelines provide employers with a framework to meet their positive duty to eliminate sexual harassment and other unlawful conduct. We summarise the guidelines and key questions government agencies need to consider.

20 September 2023 - Knowledge

Don’t wing your outsourcing decisions: Takeaways from the Qantas decision

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The High Court of Australia has confirmed that adverse action cannot be taken to prevent the exercise of a future workplace right. This decision reminds employers to carefully consider the reasons supporting their outsourcing arrangements.

18 September 2023 - Knowledge

Recent changes to unpaid parental leave requirements

#Workplace Relations & Safety

We revisit the recent changes to unpaid parental leave that came into effect in July and outline measures employers can take to comply with the revised legislation.

20 July 2022 - Knowledge

Employer’s ‘inadvertent error’ invalidates enterprise agreement

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The Fair Work Commission has dismissed an employer’s application to approve its enterprise agreement, even though it was voted up by its employees, because it failed to comply with the strict pre-approval requirements under the Fair Work Act.