While prevention is always better than cure, even with the best systems and processes in place workplace disputes can still occur. Such is the nature of humanity. Most potential disputes can be avoided or dealt with simply and effectively by having in place appropriate policies and systems to regulate employees’ behavior and grievances and by following such policies and systems.
However, sometimes, through no particular fault of the employer, an employee’s (or ex-employee’s) grievance may turn into a complaint or application in the Fair Work Commission (or an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman), or in the Anti-Discrimination or Human Rights Commission, or even in a Court of Law. Such disputes or grievances may concern allegations of unfair dismissal, unlawful dismissal, adverse action, or discrimination and/or harassment.
Such proceedings will often be difficult, complicated and time consuming for an employer to deal with and will distract from the operation of the employer’s core business.
Our Employment Team is experienced in assisting employers through the legal minefield that is a workplace dispute proceeding. We advise on the process involved and how the dispute process may be effectively brought to an end as quickly as possible with a minimum of fuss, time and expense.
If your business is involved in a workplace dispute or complaint, our Employment Team can help. Don’t leave it to chance - for more information call our Employment Team today.