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INDUSTRY SECTOR:

Michael Mead

Legal Practitioner Director
Sydney

Michael is a Legal Practitioner Director in the Sydney office of Ai Group Workplace Lawyers

Michael’s employment experience includes advising on executive and award employee contractual arrangements, post-employment restraints, general termination of employment matters including unfair dismissal proceedings, and proceedings relating to alleged contraventions of statutory entitlements including underpayment and general protections

His industrial relations expertise includes all aspects of enterprise bargaining, industrial dispute resolution, contingency planning and responding to both lawful and unlawful industrial action, workplace change management, redundancy, union relationships, flexible work arrangements. He also advises employers on the application of the Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010 and the portable long service leave scheme for the black coal mining industry (administered by the Coal Industry Long Service Leave Corporation).

He has worked with some of Australia’s most significant manufacturing businesses in the heavy engineering, steel, food and rail sectors. He has also acted for the Australian Industry Group in a number of major test cases and substantial matters including the Social and Community Services Industry Pay Equity Case, the Award Modernisation proceedings before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and key bargaining decisions relating to the operation of the Fair Work Act 2009.

 

Qualifications

  • BA/LLB – University of Wollongong

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Re Equal Remuneration Case [2012] FWAFB 5184 – Test case regarding the operation of pay equity provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009
  • Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union v Cochlear Limited [2012] FWA 5374 – Application for good faith bargaining orders against Cochlear Limited
  • Re Australian Industry Group [2010] FWAFB 4337 – Successful appeal concerning union right of entry within an enterprise agreement applying to Pacific Brands Limited
  • Gary Scarlett v Intercast and Forge Pty Ltd [2005] NSWCIMC 11 (25 January 2005) – Successful defence of claim for underpayment of wages arising from lawful stand down
  • Bluescope Steel (AIS) Pty Ltd v Australian Workers Union [2006] NSWIRComm 248 (4 August 2006) – Industrial dispute concerning major workplace change
  • Australian Workers Union and Bluescope Steel (AIS) Pty Limited [2007] NSWIRComm 1056 (6 December 2007) – Industrial dispute concerning drug and alcohol testing

Publications and Seminars

  • Labour Relations in the Asian Century Conference – Workplace Relations Issues in Australia (19 February 2013)
  • Appearance before House of Representative and Senate Committee’s to provide analysis of legislative impact of proposed regulation in the Textile, Clothing and Footwear sectors and Road Transport sectors
  •  Experience in Registered Organisation matters, union rules and applications to vary registered organization coverage under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.

 What you won’t find elsewhere

  • International Labour Organisation – International Labour Conference 2010 attendee, Geneva, Switzerland; Australian Employer Delegation
  • Appearance before House of Representative and Senate Committee’s to provide analysis of legislative impact of proposed regulation in the Textile, Clothing and Footwear sectors and Road Transport sector
  • Experience in Registered Organisation matters, union rules and applications to vary registered organization coverage under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.

CONTACT DETAILS

02 9466-5538
02 9466 5593
0400 214 229

ASSISTANT

Deborah Nicholls
T 02 9466-5560

51 Walker Street,

North Sydney NSW 2060

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