Employment & Safety

Our Employment & Safety team’s extensive expertise is demonstrated in the advice we give and the practical solutions we provide to our clients.
Interested in our Employment & Safety team?
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+61 8 9288 6000.
Ian Curlewis

Employment & Safety

Lavan’s Employment & Safety team provides practical and timely advice on every aspect of human resource management and workplace relations including industrial relations, workplace contracts, workplace policies, occupational safety and health and dispute resolution. 

We formulate practical and relevant solutions with representation at Fair Work Commission and the courts where necessary.

We develop workplace policies for employers and provide advice in respect of equal opportunity issues.  This includes preparing responses to workplace and equal opportunity claims by employees and providing representation at conferences and hearings before the courts, the State Administrative Tribunal and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

We are experienced and proficient in dealing with work, health and safety complaints, workers’ compensation and personal injuries, policy advice and risk reduction.

Our services

Industrial Relations

We draft employment contracts and enterprise agreements.  We also develop employment policies, legislative compliant practice and procedure manuals. We advise on strategies for unionised workplaces including right of entry, industrial action, bargaining representatives, ballots and BOOT test review.

Workplace Contracts & Policies

We negotiate and draft employment contracts, restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, remuneration packages, settlements, return to work arrangements and termination of employment processes.  We advise on performance reviews, bonuses, equity arrangements and copyright in the workplace. We are highly skilled in executive termination strategies and mutual exits.

Occupational Safety & Health

Lavan’s Employment & Safety team can assist with compliance obligations, advise on all occupational health and safety matters, including investigations and prosecutions.  We are highly skilled in major incident investigation response from assisting clients with gathering evidence for regulators and compulsory interviews to strategic defence of major prosecutions.

Discrimination & Equal Opportunity 

We prepare responses to complaints and claims and provide representation in relevant jurisdictions.  We develop up-to-date and effective affirmative action policies for businesses of all sizes.

Dispute Resolution

We represent clients in all Federal and State jurisdictions on a range of workplace disputes, including unfair and unlawful dismissal, adverse action, underpayment and breach of award claims and discrimination based claims.


The Australian visa process can be complex, prescriptive and subject to change.   Our team is highly qualified and experienced and provides timely and pragmatic advice on migration law matters and the immigration process.   The team can assist with business sponsorship, citizenship, complex migration matters and obtaining a range of permanent and temporary Australian visas including Employer Sponsored visas; Skilled visas; Temporary Work and Temporary Activity visas; Partner and Family visas Visitor visas; and Resident Return visas.