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Louise Rumble

Expertise

Louise is a Special Counsel 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 infrastructure, oil and gas, shipping, general retail and professional services.

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

22 May 2018 - Blog

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On 8 May 2018, the Victorian Parliament repealed the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) (Current Act) and passed the Long Service Act 2018 (Vic) (New Act).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.

07 February 2018 - Blog

Employees on term contracts given the green light to pursue unfair dismissal claims

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Following the recent Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission decision of Saeid Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd t/a Navitas English [2017] FWCFB 5162 (Navitas), employees on term contracts, or ‘outer limit’ contracts, have greater prospects of accessing the unfair dismissal jurisdiction.

25 October 2017 - Blog

Lessons for Australian workplaces from the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The emerging sexual harassment allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein have sent the Hollywood entertainment industry reeling – and have also prompted intense international discussion on...