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Megan Cheng

Associate
Megan provides advice and assistance to clients across various industries in relation to employment law, industrial relations, anti discrimination and safety matters.

As an associate in Cooper Grace Ward’s workplace relations and safety team, Megan advises employers on all aspects of employment law, including dismissal risks and strategies, performance management, underpayment claims, modern award compliance and workplace investigations.

Megan also assists employers with litigation preparation to defend unfair dismissal, general protections and anti-discrimination claims.

Megan values the importance of delivering practical legal solutions for businesses and has assisted clients across industries such as medical and health-related services, mining and resources, technology, manufacturing, transport, education and professional services.

  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) – Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business (Distinction) – Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – The College of Law
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
  • Member – Queensland Law Society
  • Providing strategic advice to employers in relation to the management and dismissal of employees.
  • Assisting employers with defending unfair dismissal claims in the Fair Work Commission, general protections claims in the Federal Court of Australia, and anti-discrimination claims in the Queensland Human Rights Commission and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
  • Assisting clients with public sector appeals, general protections claims and notices of industrial disputes in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
  • Conducting wage underpayment audits for employers and providing advice on risk mitigation strategies.
  • Assisting clients with responding to statutory agencies, including the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Office of the Health Ombudsman.
  • Drafting employment contracts and workplace policies and procedures.
  • Providing advice to employers to assist with workers’ compensation and work health and safety matters.
  • Assisting employers with undertaking workplace investigations into allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and other employee misconduct.

Areas of Expertise

Publications

Can employers require an employee to work on a public holiday?

In a major decision regarding the application of the public holiday provisions of the Fair Work Act, the Full Federal Court has found that terms of employment that require employees to work on a public holiday will not be consistent with the National Employment Standards. This is the case even in circumstances where an employer’s operations are conducted over 365 days per year and an employee’s remuneration includes compensation for the requirement to work on those days.

Medical cannabis in the workplace – risks and challenges for employers

With an increasing number of employees taking prescribed medical cannabis in the workplace, it is important for employers to understand their legal obligations when managing these employees.

Recent unfair dismissal case shines light on requirements for ‘genuine redundancy’

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission serves as a timely reminder of the requirements that must be followed when terminating an employee by way of redundancy.