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Legal framework for employment law in Australia 

  1. Fair Work Act 2009

  2. Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act)

  3. Australia's federal anti-discrimination Laws

  4. Privacy Act 1988

The National Employment Standards (NES) 

National Employment Standards

The National Employment Standards (NES) are the minimum employment entitlements that have to be provided to all employees.

Maximum weekly hours

An employer must not request or require an employee to work more than the following hours of work in a week unless the additional hours are reasonable:

  • for a full-time employee, 38 hours (unless their award) 

  • for an employee other than a full-time employee, the lesser of 38 hours, the employee’s agreed ordinary hours of work in a week.

Flexible working arrangements

Some employees can request flexible working arrangements. Employees need to have worked for the same employer for at least 12 months.

Parental leave

Employees can access parental leave as a single continuous period, flexibly across their parental leave period, or a mixture of both.

Annual leave

All employees (except for casual employees) get paid annual leave.

Sick and carer's leave

Full-time and part-time employees can take paid sick leave if they can’t work because of a personal illness or injury.

Long service leave

Most employees' entitlement to long service leave comes from long service leave laws in each state or territory. 

public holiday

All employees have a right to be absent from work on a public holiday.

Notice and final pay

To end an employee’s employment, an employer has to give them written notice of their last day of employment.


A genuine redundancy is when the person’s job doesn't need to be done by anyone and the employer followed any consultation requirements in the award, enterprise agreement.

Information statements

Employers must give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS) before, or as soon as possible after, they start their new job and employers must also give every new casual employee a copy of the Casual Employment Information Statement (CEIS) at the same time.

We offer employment law services:

  • Employment contracts and policies:
    We draft, review, or negotiate your employment contracts, policies, or procedures to ensure they comply with the relevant awards, legislation, or industry standards. We also advise you on how to manage issues such as remuneration, leave entitlements, workplace health and safety, and anti-discrimination.


  • Unfair dismissal and adverse action:
    We assist in lodging, responding, or appealing unfair dismissal claims under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) or state laws. We also advise you on how to handle adverse action claims, such as discrimination, bullying, or harassment.


  • Workplace bullying, harassment, discrimination disputes and investigations: 
    we assist in conducting impartial and confidential workplace investigations into allegations of bullying, harassment, discrimination, or misconduct.  We can also represent you in mediation, conciliation, or litigation proceedings related to employment disputes.


  • Workplace training and compliance:
    Provide customized training programs for your
    employees, managers, or directors on various employment law topics, such as workplace conduct, diversity and inclusion, performance management, and termination. We also conduct compliance audits to identify areas of risk and provide practical solutions.

Shared Office Desk

Workplace Bullying

We offer employment legal services in claims.

Workers compensation 

Underpayment claims

Sexual harassment and discrimination at work

Unfair dismissal claim

General protection claims

Wentworth Lawyers &

Address: Wynyard / Martin Place

Level 10, 20 Martin Place Sydney NSW 2000

T: 1300 140 291 / 1300 577 502 /

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