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Louise Rumble

Expertise

Louise is a Partner in our Sydney office. Louise has extensive experience advising employers on the full range of workplace and safety issues with a focus on achieving commercial and pragmatic solutions. Louise has assisted public and private sector employers in various industries including arts, media, security services, professional services, shipping, infrastructure and oil and gas. 

Experience

Louiseā€™s experience includes:

  • acting for employers in State and Federal tribunals in respect of employment-related litigation including unfair dismissal claims, general protections claims, discrimination disputes and breach of contract claims
  • advising and assisting businesses in respect of the full cycle of employment, from negotiating employment contracts including senior executive agreements, advising during the employment relationship including disciplinary processes and managing ill and injured employees, through to the end of the employment relationship including negotiated separations, dismissals and redundancies
  • advising on obligations arising from the Fair Work Act 2009 and other employment-related legislation with a focus on achieving practical and commercial solutions for businesses
  • drafting workplace policies and training employees and senior managers on their obligations pursuant to those workplace policies
  • undertaking workplace investigations involving allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct
  • advising on compliance with industrial instruments and modern awards including providing strategic advice to franchisors and holding companies in respect of their obligations arising from the Vulnerable Workers amendment legislation
  • advising on employment-related aspects of corporate restructures including the transfer of business provisions
  • advising and defending employers in Fair Work Ombudsman investigations and prosecutions
  • advising and defending employers in safety related investigations and prosecutions.

Publications

12 February 2020 - Knowledge

Recent cases provide guidance on how to calculate an employee’s annual rate of earnings

#Workplace Relations & Safety

We review the relevant provisions and cases which inform whether an amount or benefit should be included in a calculation of an employee’s earnings for the purpose of determining eligibility for unfair dismissal.

19 August 2019 - Knowledge

To tweet or not to tweet: The High Court’s ruling on employee social media use

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Serving as a serious reminder to employees about their use of social media, the High Court has upheld Comcare’s appeal of an Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision which turned on whether an employee’s anonymous tweets criticising her employer were a lawful reason for dismissal.

09 April 2019 - Knowledge

To tweet or not to tweet: Employee social media use in the spotlight

#Workplace Relations & Safety

An employee’s termination of employment for posting for 9000 critical – and anonymous - tweets has prompted the question of whether there has been a could be a contravention of constitutional freedoms.

02 October 2018 - Knowledge

Modern award changes: Casual employees can now request to become permanent

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Following changes that took effect on Monday, many casual employees in industries across Australia can now request they be made permanent. Employers have very limited grounds for refusing the requests, and refusals can be subject to challenge. Employers must act now to ensure they are compliant with the new laws. We wrap up the key changes, outline which casual employees are eligible to request a change to permanent work, and summarise what employers should do to ensure they are compliant.

08 August 2018 - Knowledge

The Fair Work Ombudsman: Expanded statutory powers, blitzes and higher penalties

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)’s proactive approach in its role of monitoring the 2.24 million active businesses in Australia has caught out a myriad of employers whose employment practices contravene the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act).

26 June 2018 - Knowledge

National inquiry into workplace sexual harassment launched

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has announced it is conducting a 12-month national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. The national inquiry is reportedly a ‘world first’. It is timely given the #MeToo movement and other similar campaigns...

22 May 2018 - Knowledge

Key changes to Victorian long service leave entitlements announced

#Workplace Relations & Safety

On 8 May 2018, the Victorian Parliament repealed the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) (Current Act) and passed the Long Service Act 2018 (Vic) (New Act). The New Act introduces key changes to Victorian employees’ long service leave entitlements including long-awaited reforms which are more favourable for parents.