With a keen focus on risk management Indigo Legal assists employers to manage all aspects of the employment relationship:
- Contracts of Employment
- Enterprise Bargaining Agreements
- Industrial and Union Relations
- Legal Representation
- Managing Tax, Super, Payroll
- Performance Management
- Policies and Procedures
- Termination and Redundancy
- Unfair Dismissal
- Workplace bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination
- Workplace Health and Safety
- Workplace Investigations
Contracts of Employment
Whether your employees are employed on a full-time, part-time or casual basis, contracts of employment are an essential tool to protect your business, to ensure compliance with legislative and Award requirements. Indigo Legal is able to customise employment contracts to meet your individual needs and specifications, which may include post-employment restraints and protection of your intellectual property.
Enterprise Bargaining Agreements
An enterprise agreement sets out the terms, conditions and wages for employees within a particular organisation in place of an Award. These agreements are negotiated between the employer and employees, which are to be covered in an agreement. Enterprise bargaining agreements can be beneficial to some organisations by adding more flexibility, efficiency and stability to the workplace. Indigo Legal is able to facilitate the whole enterprise bargaining process for your organisation from initial drafting and consultation with employees through to FWC submission and implementation.
Industrial and Union Relations
For many employers, dealing with unions can be a daunting process. Indigo Legal is experienced in representing and advising individual employers, as well as employer organisations to deal with Union representatives seeking to obtain access to a workplace. We can act as a conduit between the Union and the employer, so as to remove the emotional aspect to these disputes and to ensure your interests are protected.
Workplace relations and employment law can be very complex at times. Indigo Legal is able to use its wealth of experience to provide you with initial procedural, identify the best strategic course to take for the individual matter, as well as represent you in the Fair Work Commission and other relevant courts and tribunals, so as to obtain the best possible result for you.
Managing Tax, Super, Payroll
Indigo Legal’s tax and superannuation specialist can assist businesses and individuals with all aspects of tax and superannuation law, including managing employment taxes, Superannuation Guarantee compliance, Payroll Tax, PAYG Withholding and Director Penalty risk.
Performance management can often be a difficult and emotional process for both the employer and the employee. Indigo Legal provides proactive support to employers by guiding them through the disciplinary process relevant to the situation, while ensuring they follow procedural fairness and meet their legislative obligations.
Policies and Procedures
Policies and procedures are essential in protecting your business and your employees. We are able to prepare a wide range of policies to suit any workplace, including but not limited to, internet and social media usage, workplace bullying and harassment, drug and alcohol use, accessing and taking of leave, code of conduct, discrimination, grievance processes, usage of company motor vehicle and smoking in the workplace.
Termination and Redundancy
Terminations can be stressful and fraught with legal difficulties. It is important that employers understand their obligations so as to avoid costly unfair dismissal claims and potential legislative penalties. Indigo Legal assists employers with proactive advice when a termination of an employee is being contemplated and follows through to the termination process itself. Getting this process right from the start will provide protection from potential future claims.
Indigo Legal provides training to individuals or groups of any size in any subject of workplace and employment law, including but not limited to, meeting legislative requirements, policies and procedures, contracts, workplace health and safety and workplace bullying and harassment. Our training is interactive, includes real life scenarios and we encourage participants to engage with the trainers throughout to benefit from the experience.
Indigo Legal regularly assists clients in Unfair Dismissal and General Protections matters. Including, but not limited to:
- Advice on the process involved and potential outcome;
- Preparation of the application, or the employer response;
- Use of strategies and tactics to best deal with your matter; and
- Acting for you as your representative to appear at conciliation conferences and hearings in the Fair Work Commission or the Federal Circuit Court.
Workplace bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination
Indigo Legal provide advice and representation in relation to workplace bullying, sexual harassment or discrimination issues by:
- Preparing comprehensive workplace policies which clearly set out the rights and responsibilities of all parties and the potential disciplinary action for breaches;
- Providing training to employers and employees as a preventative measure;
- Conducting independent workplace investigations into allegations of bullying, sexual harassment or discrimination; and
- Acting for parties in relation to bullying, sexual harassment or discrimination claims.
Workplace Health and Safety
Employers have various legislative obligations to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers in their workplace. There are substantial penalties for employers who breach their legislative obligations. Indigo Legal assists employers in all aspects of workplace health and safety, including but not limited to, preparation of workplace policies and training in work health and safety, undertaking workplace audits, providing advice on compliance and representing employers in investigations and prosecutions undertaken by the Regulator in each state.
Indigo Legal’ s Workplace Investigators have a wealth of experience in undertaking workplace investigations, including but not limited to, workplace matters involving serious misconduct, sexual harassment, discrimination, disciplinary matters, work health and safety, and bullying and harassment. Our Workplace Investigators assist by undertaking an independent investigation, so as to remove the emotion between the employer and the employee. We provide comprehensive but easy to read reports with our findings, so that a fair and just decision can be made by the employer in relation to the employee, based on the evidence identified in the investigation.