The industrial relations and employment division of McKays offers professional advice and solutions in the following areas...

Industrial Relations Solutions

Employment & Industrial Relations Legislation, Awards and Agreements

We appreciate the critical importance of keeping our clients in tune with the ever changing IR environment and are able to provide strategic and operational advice to clients on statutory requirements, award provisions, collective agreement making and employment contract matters.

Collective Agreements

We are able to provide valuable and practical assistance with establishing the framework and negotiating teams, workplace change initiatives, negotiation, drafting and approval processes.

Tribunal Work

Our aim is to protect our clients' interests in Industrial Commission matters where we can appear through professional advocacy and effective representation.

Union / Employer Relations and Employer / Employee Relations

We are keen to assist our clients in forging and improving alliances with business, employers or unions; and to assist employers who wish to improve relations with their employees.

Strategic Industrial Relations for new business, mergers and structural change

Our experience enables us to assist clients in the development of appropriate employment arrangements, preparing comprehensive employment documentation and facilitating smooth transitions and implementations.

Legal Compliance

We are readily able to help our clients in understanding and keeping abreast of changes in obligations and entitlements arising in employment relationships and compliance with legislation.

Dispute Resolution Processes

Early dispute resolution is important to effective employment relationships and commercial activities. We consider it our priority to assist clients in the development of effective procedures, providing appropriate advice and professional representation in mediations, conciliations and the arbitration process.

Employment & Human Resource Matters

We can provide you with resources and advice relating to:

  • EEO and anti-discrimination
  • HR policy and procedure development
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Workplace investigations
  • Employment termination issues
  • Anti-discrimination, harassment complaint handling and case representation

Our Philosophy

  • To develop respected relationships with clients
  • To work with and support our clients in the management and resolution of IR and HR issues
  • To assist our clients' business and organisational performance through effective IR and HR approaches and practice

Our Unique Advantage

We have the ability to draw on a range of resources from our other divisions where the situation also requires expert input in other areas (for example machinery hire arrangements, personal property security issues, business structuring etc).

Our location in Mackay gives us an advantage in quickly and effectively assisting employers in the Central Queensland region.

Our extensive experience in the mining services industry and connetions in the industry gives us a unique advantage in assisting mining services businesses to navigate the complexities of employment and contracting in mining services.

If you would like to find out more, view our Employment Law Talk newsletters.


Extensive experience in preparing employment agreements and advising on modern award and Fair Work Act compliance in a range of industries such as:

  • Mining Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Sugar Industry
  • Beef production
  • Health
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Professional businesses

Advising for and preparing enterprise agreements in industries such as:

  • Labour hire
  • Mining services
  • Marine towage

Extensive experience in appearing in unfair dismissal, general protections and employment entitlements disputes in the Fair Work Commission and other relevant tribunals.

Regularly advising in the effective management of underperformance and misconduct situations in workplaces.

On-site training to businesses in:

  • Managing discipline and dismissal
  • Preventing workplace harassment
  • Managing employment privacy

Extensive experience drafting and enforcing employment terms to protect:

  • Business customer relationships
  • Business intellectual property
  • Business confidential information

Employer's Survival Kit

Employment Law issues can pose risks to any business. Innovative solutions are now required to minimise these risks from problems arising in the workplace. McKays' Employer's Survival Kit provides practical advice and recommendations for your business and gives you the opportunity to receive training sessions, telephone advice, reviewing and maintaining of employment contracts and much more.

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