Employees

Employment Contracts

It is commonplace nowadays that employers require employees to sign employment contracts. The employment contract can be advantageous to you as an employee if it properly defines the employment relationship and the clauses in it are drafted fairly.

We can provide advice on the employment agreement and ensure that it properly reflects the terms of your employment covering the following areas:

For Legal Advice on Employment Agreements:

  • Standard Terms of Employment
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Intellectual Property
  • Entitlements & Bonuses
  • Remuneration
  • Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Long-Term and Short-Term Incentives

It is critical to seek legal advice before you sign to ensure that you are entering to an arrangement that is fair and certainly one which you understand. Many employees come to us after they have signed employment contracts, only to find that had they understood what they were agreeing to, they would ever have done so.

Employment Advice & Disputes

Further to this we can advise on other employment disputes and agreement:

  • Partnership Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Deeds of Release
  • Share buy backs
  • Exit & Redundancy Packages
  • Unfair & Constructive Dismissal
  • Harassment & Bullying Claims
  • General Protection Claims
  • Bonus & Entitlement Disputes
  • Underpayment & Other Salary Disputes
  • Employee v Contractor Classification

If you are being terminated or resigning from your employment you should ensure that you understand your rights and make sure the severance package encompasses all of your entitlements. We assist where there has been systemic underpayment of salaries or disputes over bonuses and we negotiate on your behalf that you will receive what is due to you.

We can provide advice on your intellectual property rights and restraint of trade upon leaving a role to ensure that you are not open any claims by your former employer. Even if you do not have an employment agreement in place there are certain causes of action a former employer may have against you if you infringe their rights eg intellectual property rights etc. Understanding your obligations is important when changing employment in the same industry.

If you need advice in relation to an employment contracts before signing it or if you have signed one already and are looking to leave, one of our employment lawyers would be happy to speak to you. Please contact us on 1300 907 335 or complete the form on this page.

Restraint Of Trade Clauses And Confidential Information: can I start a business or work for a competitor after I leave?

This usually depends upon what you have promised to your employer. If you do not have an employment contract, it will typically be that you have no restriction whatsoever. Nevertheless, this does not entitle you, as a general rule, to remove confidential information from the employer’s business. Confidential information, a common law, as a broad definition and almost certainly includes a client database.

If you do have an employment contract, there will usually be specific provisions that deal with what you might do after you finish up. These may be restrictions relation to the type of competitor that term that you go to work for, about starting a business or poach employees, for instance.

Not all restraint of trade clauses are enforceable. Sometimes, they are too broadly drafted, or incorrectly drafted, having the effect of rendering the clause either partially enforceable or wholly unenforceable.

If you are wondering whether provisions in your employment contract are enforceable against you, thereby restricting you from certain activities, we are well experienced in providing advice to former employees in such circumstances.

Please contact one of our lawyers and 1300 907 335 or, alternatively, complete the form on this page and will get back to very promptly.

Have you received a letter of demand from a former employer?

It is common for employers who consider that there has been a breach of an employment contract, for an employer to instruct lawyers to send a letter of demand making strong allegations against the former employee.

If your employer is making these types of allegations against you and you have been served with a letter of demand for a previous employer, it is critical that you seek legal advice from a lawyer experienced in dealing with employment disputes as soon possible. Employers will quite often commence legal proceedings quickly if the correspondence is ignored.

You may consider that that allegations are baseless – and they quite often are – but a response refuting those claims is still very important.

Even if you do think that you may be have contravened the terms of employment the damage can often be contained with savvy legal advice. Our lawyers are experienced in negotiating and settling all types of employment disputes.

We can be contacted on 1300 907 335 to discuss your circumstances. Otherwise, please complete the enquiry form on this page.

My Employer Has Behaved Badly – Can I bring a Claim?

We can also assist you in pursing your claim against an employer for such things as:

We act for clients in bringing claims for unfair dismissal, general protection claims, constructive dismissal claims and under payment claims, unfair dismissal, sexual harassment and bullying claims and more.

There are often strict time frames for bringing a claim. If you are considering doing so, we strongly advise that you seek legal advice early on.

Representation at Fair Work

Our lawyers can assist you in preparing and representing you at Fair Work and we have successfully helped many employees receive considerable compensation at Fair Work. Employment disputes are often stressful, and our lawyers work with you and know the process and requirements. Our lawyers have represented many employees and delivered great results for our clients that typically they cannot achieve if they were unrepresented.

Here is what some of employee clients say:

We Can Assist

Call us today on 1300 907 335 to have a confidential discussion about your circumstances. Or, if you prefer, complete the form on this page and we will contact you.

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Melbourne Vic 3000

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Chadstone Vic 3148

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Dandenong Vic 3175

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Frankston Vic 3199

Moorabbin

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Moorabbin Vic 3189

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84 Hotham St,
Preston Vic 3072

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12 Clarke Street
Sunshine Vic 3020