The specialist workplace relations and safety lawyers at Cooper Grace Ward have provided strategic advice on employment, industrial relations, anti-discrimination and workplace health and safety matters for 40 years combined.

With experience across a broad range of industries, our Brisbane lawyers help organisations of all types and sizes achieve their desired commercial outcomes.

The industries our lawyers advise include construction, mining and resources, transport, labour hire/recruitment, manufacturing, retail, security, education and training, motor vehicle dealerships, community care and health.

The team in your corner

Our workplace relations and safety team advises employers about various matters, including restructures, enforcing restraints of trade, managing long term ill and injured employees, employee misconduct, poor performance and effecting termination of employment.

The team also provides assistance to clients managing industrial issues such as enterprise bargaining, right of entry and industrial action.

Cooper Grace Ward successfully represents a diverse range of clients in courts, commissions and tribunals.

Types of matters include workplace health and safety prosecutions, unfair dismissal proceedings, discrimination, sexual harassment and adverse action.

The team are experienced in conducting complex workplace investigations in response to safety related incidents or allegations of misconduct, as well as providing advice to clients about safety compliance matters.

Our services in this area include:

  • advice on all aspects of employment contracts, including restraint of trade, remuneration, bonuses, confidentiality and intellectual property
  • enterprise agreement negotiations
  • strategic business restructuring advice (including redundancy)
  • strategic issues relating to outsourcing and transfer of business
  • underpayment of wages and fair work ombudsman prosecutions
  • strategic industrial relations advice on a range of workplace matters, including unions in the workplace, good faith bargaining and right of entry
  • conducting and implementing work health and safety system reviews and audits and providing advice on workplace health and safety compliance
  • accident and incident investigations
  • defence of workplace health and safety prosecutions
  • undertaking a variety of workplace investigations concerning harassment, bullying and other employee misconduct
  • managing ill and injured employees.

Workplace relations and safety half-day training programs

At our Brisbane law firm, we have experienced trainers who deliver regular workshops for employers on complex workplace issues, such as:

  • employment basics for small to medium enterprises
  • performance management
  • conducting workplace investigations
  • equal employment opportunity
  • managing ill and injured employees
  • occupational health and safety.

Find out more about our workplace relations half-day training programs.

Mental health first aid training

Our Blended Mental Health First Aid for workplaces course is designed for workplaces that require increased flexibility in the delivery of training for their staff members. The course is a combination of online (eLearning) and a half-day of follow-on face-to-face training.

Over the duration of the course, participants will learn:

  • the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • what to do as a mental health first aid responder
  • what resources are available to those with mental health problems.

Learn more about our blended mental health first aid training.

For legal advice on workplace relations and safety, contact one of our team directly or contact Cooper Grace Ward on (07) 3231 2444.