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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

22 May 2018 - Blog

Reckless safety breaches under the spotlight

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Following a lengthy investigation after the death of a construction worker in 2016 at a Canberra hospital, a group of workers - including supervisors and safety officers - now face potential prison terms for serious safety breaches. The matter is shaping up as one of the most important cases under the harmonised safety laws since they were introduced in 2011.

03 May 2018 - Blog

Who is responsible for safety in a gig economy?

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Safety in the ‘gig economy’ is again making headlines, with Unions NSW taking on Airtasker once more as a source of potential unsafe work practices.

19 February 2018 - Blog

High Court confirms the Federal Court power to stop unions paying union officials fines

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The High Court has answered the question of whether a federal court can, under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWAct), restrict a union official from seeking indemnity from the union for any penalty imposed on them personally...