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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

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.