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Expertise

Michael is a partner in our Sydney office and practices in all areas of workplace relations with a special focus on work health and safety. Michael acts for a diverse range of clients in construction and manufacturing, agribusiness, media, education, professional services, transport and government.

Michael’s expertise includes:

  • appearing in industrial disputes, litigated claims and coronial hearings
  • work health and safety including structuring WHS management systems, agreements, policies and procedures
  • conducting internal workplace investigations and dealing with investigations by regulatory agencies including WorkCover, Department of Immigration, Fair Work Ombudsman and ABCC
  • management of injured workers including workers compensation, personal injury and return to work issues
  • preparing all forms of employment contracts, including executive contracts, protection of confidential information and restraints of trade
  • the development of collective agreements and interpretation of the Fair Work Act 2009 and industrial instruments
  • managing employment issues in a transfer of business and company restructuring including advice in relation to outsourcing, organisational change and redundancy.

Michael is also listed in the Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 edition for the area of Occupational Health and Safety Law.

Experience

Michael has extensive litigation experience in employment disputes and defending work health and safety prosecutions. Before joining Holding Redlich, Michael’s practice included acting on behalf of WorkCover NSW in prosecuting breaches of the safety legislation. Michael is a regular presenter of seminars and training on workplace issues, in particular on work health and safety.

Publications

04 December 2019 - Knowledge

Be merry, not folly: An office Christmas party checklist for employers

#Workplace Relations & Safety

With the festive season officially underway, we provide a checklist of what employers can do now to help ensure a safe and incident-free Christmas party.

20 November 2019 - Knowledge

Penalties up and insurance outlawed - changes to NSW safety legislation underway

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The NSW Government is set to introduce new laws to the state's Work Health & Safety Act, including increased maximum fines and removal of the right to indemnity for payment of a fine.

03 September 2019 - Knowledge

Health and safety representatives have no right to tinker with worker classification, IRC rules

#Workplace Relations & Safety

In an important decision delivered last month, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has upheld an employer’s discretion to negotiate health and safety representative work groups based on a combination of geographical regions and occupational classifications.