Industrial & Employment Law

With over 3 decades’ experience in employment and industrial law, our award-winning employment lawyers and accredited specialists have a proven track record of obtaining fair results for employees.

Home to some of Australia’s top-ranked employment lawyers, Hall Payne is recognised as a leading employment law firm by the prestigious Doyle’s Guide.

Our team is known for its ability to navigate the complexities and diversity of issues related to employment and industrial law in an expert manner.


Our employment law services

We have employment lawyers in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Darwin. We also provide advice and assistance to employees across Australia (particularly those in remote locations or who difficulty accessing an experienced employment lawyer), via phone and video-conferencing.

We offer expert advice and assistance in the following areas of employment and industrial law:

  • Unfair dismissal claims;
  • Workplace discrimination;
  • Workplace bullying
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Professional misconduct matters;
  • Health and discipline law;
  • Enterprise bargaining agreements;
  • Employment Award rights;
  • General protections claims;
  • Contract negotiations;
  • Contract disputes;
  • Workplace investigations;
  • Whistleblower protection;
  • Executive and senior management termination of employment;
  • Restraint of trade disputes;
  • Redundancy claims; and
  • Underpayment of wages.

Be aware of time limits in employment law disputes

It’s difficult enough to be experiencing unfair treatment at work. But when you finally decide to take action, it can be devastating to find out that there may be time limits attached to the action you wish to take.

Speaking with an employment lawyer early on in your dispute will ensure you are aware of any time limits so that you can bring the action required to address your workplace dispute.


How are employment law disputes resolved?

Our team of employment lawyers are focused on achieving the absolute best outcome for their clients. Often this is done through an out-of-court settlement with your employer. Such settlements usually involve the negotiation of a deed or settlement agreement, the terms of which are critical to the future relationships between the parties.

At Hall Payne, we will fight to get you the best result as quickly as possible while minimising the stress and anxiety for you.

What if I’m injured at work?

Although not strictly employment law, worker’s compensation law is related to an incident in the workplace.

We have a large team of highly qualified worker’s compensation lawyers in Queensland, NSW, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Worker’s compensation claims (called WorkCover claims in many states) can be very complex and it is definitely recommended that you seek legal advice from a lawyer experienced in worker’s compensation.

If you’re looking for more information and assistance about your worker’s compensation claim, visit the page relevant page below:

How much does an employment lawyer cost?

We offer complete fee transparency for all matters.

We will always tell you what our charges are upfront, and will provide an estimate for each stage of your matter. We also offer fixed fee and ‘no win no fee’ in certain circumstances. Above all, we recognise how important it is for our clients to keep our fees as low as we can.

Got a workplace dispute and unsure of your employment rights?

If you’re experiencing unfair treatment at work, one of our employment lawyers will work with you to resolve your employment dispute quickly, fairly and discreetly.

Our cost-effective legal advice spans all areas of employment law. If you think something is amiss at work, we can help.

Issues around workplace law and employee rights can be complex and move at a fast pace. It’s important to seek advice as soon as possible as time limits relate to different claims.

We work closely with your unions and other industrial representatives

With a strong history in labour law, our industrial relations lawyers have worked closely with many of Australia’s unions and their members to deliver successful outcomes across a range of employment law cases.

Thousands of Australians have entrusted their workplace dispute to a Hall Payne employment lawyer

Engaging a lawyer can be daunting. We aim to make the experience as comfortable and supportive as possible. We will always provide pragmatic advice in plain English.

We’re serious about what we do for you but we can also sit back and self-reflect; we can have a laugh at ourselves, recognise our flaws and celebrate our successes.

We know this approach shines through when working with our clients because they let us know.

You can read the testimonials of our clients here; where they’ve publicly shared their experiences.

Our employment lawyer teams across Australia

We have teams of award-winning employment lawyers to assist you. Use the links below to access an employment lawyer close to you.






Blog Posts - Industrial & Employment Law

Pay equity under the Fair Work Act - Equal Remuneration Orders

Pay equity under the Fair Work Act - Equal Remuneration Orders

Despite significant headway in recent years in campaigns for equal pay for women, we are still some way off pay equality. In 2022, the Albanese Government took steps to expand that power in the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022. The full effect of these recent amendments has yet to be realised.

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Can employees be dismissed for their conduct outside of work hours?

Can employees be dismissed for their conduct outside of work hours?

Absent specific circumstances being established, employers have no right to control their employees’ conduct outside of work. However, if an employee’s out of work conduct has a significant and adverse effect on their employment, then an employer may be able to take disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment.

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Benefits of contemporaneous notes in legal proceedings

Benefits of contemporaneous notes in legal proceedings

If you’re in a dispute that may end up in legal proceedings, contemporaneous file notes can be used as documentary evidence to corroborate direct oral evidence of a fact. They can be extremely useful in a variety of different situations, including disciplinary, bullying or discrimination issues in the workplace.

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Closing Loopholes sees significant changes to the Fair Work Act from December 2023

Closing Loopholes sees significant changes to the Fair Work Act from December 2023

In December 2023, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 received royal assent, which will see significant changes to the Fair Work Act. The various changes will take effect at different times from December 2023 through to 2025. None of the changes will operate retrospectively.

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