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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

12 March 2019 - Knowledge

National review of Work Health & Safety laws - where to next?

#Workplace Relations & Safety

The operation of Australia’s Work Health & Safety laws have received an overall tick of approval in an independently conducted Review. However, big changes are in the pipeline to address the ‘confusion and complexity’ faced by Australian businesses in the areas such as incident notification, consultation, indemnities for fines and union right of entry. Businesses will also face increased penalties and the introduction of an industrial manslaughter offence as part of the recommendations proposed in the extensive review, which the government is due to respond to in late 2019.

26 February 2019 - Knowledge

Federal Court revisits exemption from obligation to make redundancy payment

#Workplace Relations & Safety

In a recent Federal Court decision, Spotless was found to be in breach of the Fair Work Act 2009 for failing to pay redundancy pay to three employees.

26 February 2019 - Knowledge

When the regulator charges you with a breach of the wrong duty

#Workplace Relations & Safety

We look at a case where the District Court directed SafeWork NSW to file an amended charge after the defending officer argued that the charges laid against him did not relate to his duty of care.