The Courts, and the news media, take discrimination and bullying at the workplace seriously. Whilst you can’t control what your employees do and say, you can take steps to embed the right attitude into your business’ culture and prevent issues from arising.
The Madgwicks Workplace Relations team assists you to navigate the anti-discrimination and equal opportunity employment laws including investigating matters of unlawful discrimination, fair flexible work practices, bullying and harassment incidents and workplace diversity management.
An organisations' managers, while having the best intentions, can inadvertently break an anti-discrimination or equal opportunity law. Experience has told us that often when people are promoted internally from a technical area of specialisation or skills, they are rarely given training in their new responsibilities and expectations. The actions they take as a manager might sometimes seem like common sense but are in fact unlawful.
We help employer groups, executives and HR professionals implement policies and processes so that they are followed. We visit your premises and invest time to learn the dynamics of your business and we'll then clearly explain the legal and commercial reasons behind proposed policies and process steps so you know what we are recommending and why.
When things don’t go as planned, our team has significant experience working with employers to defend complaints and if required, represent you in conciliation, mediation and Tribunal and Court proceedings.
- Investigation and representation in unlawful discrimination, bullying and harassment disputes
- Development of workplace employment, health and safety policies and process, including flexible work practices and workplace diversity policy