Joseph Kennedy

Principal

I try to use the law progressively as a vehicle to address inequality, unfairness and injustice

Joseph Kennedy is a Principal at Hall Payne, working in Sydney’s employment and industrial relations team. He is admitted to both the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.

Joseph has a wealth of experience advising unions and employees who have been treated unfairly.

He has specialist accreditation from the NSW Law Society in Employment and Industrial Law and is a member of the Advisory Committee for that practice area. Joseph has advocated in most Australian courts and tribunals with a focus on Fair Work Commission and Federal Court matters.

Joseph is also independently recognised in Doyle's Guide as a Leading Employment Lawyer in NSW.

Before joining Hall Payne, Joseph worked at a private labour law firm in Sydney. He has also worked as a lawyer with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and United Voice.

“I get a lot of satisfaction from using the law to achieve lasting positive change for our clients in a cost-effective way.”

Joseph’s most satisfying cases at Hall Payne to date have been the successful appeal to the full court of the Federal Court in Fair Work Building Inspectorate v Bragdon & Ors which developed the principles of right of entry for union officials, and the recent reinstatement of CFMMEU member and labour hire coal mine worker Kim Star.

Outside work, Joseph volunteers at community legal centres, gives pro-bono help to asylum seekers and did a volunteer internship with the UN Refugee Agency. He is a member of the NSW Law Society, APHEDA, and Balmain For Refugees.

Reviews for Hall Payne Sydney

15 Jul 2020  Google Angela M

Highly recommend Hall Payne and in particular Joe Kennedy, partner, who is very professional, knowledgeable and managed my very complex employment law matter with excellent results. Communication was excellent, timely and reliable and costs were very reasonable.

24 Mar 2020  Google Sarah M

Luke Forsythe of Hall Payne came to our aid when we were in a very precarious situation. His expertise and compassion put us at ease and things unfolded just as he said they would, which was a tremendous comfort to us in a difficult time. We are so grateful to him and Hall Payne for making the process as quick and straightforward as possible, and for our positive result.

16 Aug 2019  Google Chris T

Joseph Kennedy provided an outstanding job in representing me. His skills of respectful communication and negotiation to all stakeholders involved in my issue, combined with his expert application of law, resulted in a successful and very happy outcome. Without a doubt, I felt at all times I was in good hands and pleased Joe had been highly recommended to me. Thank you Joe! 

23 Jul 2019  Google Priya S

Luke forsyth is an excellent lawyer, very supportive , with wealth of knowledge, very hardworking. My experience with him was par excellent. I would highly recommend him. Dr Pallav Shah

07 Jul 2019  Google Mark O

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Recent Blogs by Joseph

CFMMEU win significant victory opposing ABCC prosecution

Hall Payne & CFMMEU win significant victory opposing ABCC prosecution

In June 2020, we represented the CFMMEU and 2 of their officials in relation to allegations of taking unlawful industrial action at the Qube construction site at Broadbeach in Queensland. On 12 November 2020, the Court handed down its judgment, dismissing the proceeding.

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Changes to JobKeeper payments and eligibility after September 2020

JobKeeper Scheme will be extended beyond September 2020

On 21 July 2020, the Federal Government announced that payments under the JobKeeper Scheme, that was previously due to expire on the 27 September 2020, will be extended until 28 March 2021.

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Can my employer deduct incorrectly paid JobKeeper payments from my future pay?

Overpayment of JobKeeper and wage deductions

JobKeeper provides payments to qualifying employers to pay eligible employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Strict conditions apply. But what happens if an employer incorrectly claims JobKeeper? Can they deduct the overpayments from the worker's pay?

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What’s causing the surge in unfair dismissal claims during the coronavirus pandemic?

What’s causing the surge of unfair dismissal claims?

In May 2020, Fair Work Commission President, Justice Iain Ross AO revealed that unfair dismissal claims have increased by 60% in April 2020 as compared to April 2019. In this article, we identify three potential factors contributing to the increased unfair dismissal claims.

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