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In brief

In this employment update, our team sets out key Australian employment law changes employers should be aware of in relation to the following topics:

  • Discrimination, harassment and psychosocial risks
  • Workplace flexibility and parental leave
  • Pay secrecy
  • Fixed term contracts/temporary agreements
  • Collective Industrial Relations changes

For further information please contact Michael Michalandos or Brigid Maher.

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Michael has more than 15 years' experience as an employment law and industrial relations lawyer, acting for clients in a range of industries, including banking and finance, insurance, health and pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, real estate, media and entertainment, information technology and professional services. He has developed and published compliance programs and best practice policies locally and within Asia Pacific. He is the author and a developer of CCH’s Employment Contracts Manager, a software package that builds and tailors smart employment contracts. He has also authored a large number of chapters in every edition of CCH’s Australian Master Human Resources Guide. Articles written by Michael on employment law topics have appeared in the Melbourne University Law Review, CFO Magazine, Human Capital, Lawyers Weekly, Human Resources, and CCH’s Employment Law Bulletin. He has also spoken at events arranged by the College of Law, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and various professional associations. He wrote and produced “Dismissal Impossible,” a training video on unfair dismissal and sexual harassment, for the Australian Stock Exchange. Michael regularly conducts employment-related litigation before State and Federal courts and industrial tribunals at an original and appellate level.


Brigid is a partner with Baker McKenzie, Sydney and practices in all aspects of employment law with a focus on industrial relations, enterprise agreement making, modern award coverage and compliance and negotiations with trade unions. As a secondee, she has gained significant experience in employee and industrial relations in the media, banking and finance, and manufacturing industries. Brigid regularly provides training in employment law, human resources and industrial relations issues. She also has significant experience in employment-related litigation. Brigid joined Baker McKenzie's Employment and Industrial Relations Group in May 2007. Before commencing at the Firm, she was a research associate to Justice Wright, President, Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales.

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