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

Employment Legislation, Awards and Agreements

We can help you understand employment legislation and how it applies to your situation.

Appearing in the Fair Work Commission and other Tribunals

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

Understanding Employment Contracts

We can review your employment contract and advise you about the meaning of its terms and how they can affectyou, and advise you in negotiating suitable employment terms.

Early Dispute Resolution

Where you are involved in an employment dispute, we help you explore early dispute resolution opportunities

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

Our Unique Advantage

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 connections 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.

Expertise

Extensive experience in advising employees and employers in a range of industries such as:

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

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

Extensive experience advising on draft employment contracts including in relation to clauses that were prepared to protect:

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

Extensive experience in responding to demands and legal proceedings alleging breach of confidentiality and employment restraint terms.

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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  • Swearing in the workplace: is it acceptable by law?

    27-Jul-2016

    Standards of behavior expected of employees can be a difficult thing to navigate, particularly behavior that leads to termination of employment. Whether words are said in a moment of frustration, to add emphasis to a message, or over a series of events, one thing is clear from recent Fair Work d..

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  • ABCC Guidelines on Compliant Enterprise Agreement

    24-Mar-2017

    The ABCC has released new guidance material dealing with various (typical) enterprise agreement clauses used in the construction industry, and identifying whether those clauses will comply with the 2016 Construction Code (Code). Employers in the construction industry that are covered..

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  • Amendments to the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act

    12-Nov-2016

    Recent amendments to the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) significantly affect indemnity clauses in service agreements. The amendment is especially important for contractors and labour hire businesses that use or supply labour into the mining and construction industries. ..

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  • Casual workers will have the right to demand a permanent full-time or part-time job after 12 months

    19-Jul-2017

    In an important decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), the FWC has decided to insert a provision for the conversion of casual employment to full-time part-time employment into all Awards. The decision was part of the FWC’s 4 yearly review of Awards. Some awards already contain a c..

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  • Fair Work Commission rules to reduce Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for some workers

    16-Feb-2017

    The long awaited decision by the Fair Work Commission was handed down yesterday as part of its 4 yearly review of awards and penalty rates. The FWC decided to reduce Sunday penalty rates and public holiday penalty rates in awards covering the hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy sectors. ..

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  • Tattoos in the workplace

    12-Apr-2017

    A recent story carried by many news outlets has put the spotlight on tattoos in the workplace. Chontelle McGoldrick, a 21 year old woman applied for a job with Qantas and Emirates. Her application was rejected because of a small tattoo about 2cm across on her ankle. She was told that if she..

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  • To pay or not to pay, that is the question?

    25-Apr-2017

    During the recent weather events many businesses shut, resulting in employees being sent home and not being able to return to work for a few days. A question we are hearing from employers is;“Do we have to pay the staff?”. Similarly, we have had friends (employees) ask us, “Isn’t it si..

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  • Where do you sit in the Hierarchy?

    15-Feb-2017

    Training, signage and personal protective equipment (PPE) are some of the more visible and “go to” risk control measures adopted throughout workplaces. These types of controls are often the first that come to mind because they are more visible, more easily recognised and easier to implement ..

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