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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.

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

26 September 2018 - Knowledge

Employer pays the price of employee’s misuse of competitor’s confidential information

#Workplace Relations & Safety

A recent out of court settlement of a high profile restraint of trade case in the South Australian real estate agency industry highlights again the significant risks that businesses face if they hire an employee who has taken and misused confidential information of their former employer.

14 August 2018 - Knowledge

New modern award entitlement to unpaid family and domestic violence leave

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Following a recent decision of the Fair Work Commission, modern award-covered employees are now entitled to 5 days’ unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year.

12 July 2018 - Knowledge

Blurring of professional and personal relationship prevents stop bullying order

#Workplace Relations & Safety

While the familiarity between the two colleagues provided context to the alleged bullying, the Fair Work Commission emphasised that being well acquainted with colleagues in the workplace does not excuse bullying behaviour.