Employment

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Employment law is concerned with the relationship between employers and employees, and covers a number of areas including employment contracts, claims based in tort or on a breach of contract, protection from discrimination, health and safety and a number of statutory regulations.Strict time limits apply in employment law claims, and you should seek advice as soon as possible.

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  • Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - Commonwealth legislation governing employer/employee relationships.

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  • Legal Aid Employment Law Service - Legal Aid Queensland has an Employment Law Service which provides free advice by telephone appointment, and in some instances, also provides legal representation in conciliation and hearing in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) or Fair Work Commission (FWC). Even though you can represent yourself if you apply to the QIRC or FWC, if you feel that you require advice or assistance, you can contact the Legal Aid Employment Law Service on 1300 65 11 88.
  • Caxton Legal Centre Inc - The Caxton Legal Centre has an Employment Legal Service which can provide information. However, this is an area of high demand and does not receive funding.
  • Fair Work Commission - The Fair Work Commission is the national workplace relations commission. It is an independent body with power to carry out a range of functions relating to the safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions, enterprise bargaining, industrial action, dispute resolution, termination of employment and other workplace matters.
  • LawRight is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based legal organisation that operates a civil law referral service for pro bono legal representation and direct legal services for particular disadvantaged client groups.For more information about the help available, and the process for applying for help, please see the LawRight website at www.lawright.org.au LawRight's Self Representation Service can offer legal advice and assistance to people involved in civil proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court or Federal Court for matters involving employment. The Self Representation Service may also help with drafting documents and correspondence relating to your legal matter, but they do not provide representation. In limited circumstances, LawRight's Referral Service may be able to refer you for pro bono legal assistance. The Self Representation Service and the Referral Services can help applicants who met a means and merit test, but LawRight only provides assistance to applicants who are ineligible for assistance from the Legal Aid Employment Law Service. To apply for assistance from the Legal Aid Employment Law Service, please call Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 65 11 88. LawRight is generally unable to assist in matters before the Fair Work Commission but give priority to those experiencing significant hardship.
  • You may wish to approach a community legal centre for assistance. To find your nearest community legal centre, please visit the Community Legal Centres Queensland website at www.communitylegalqld.org.au . There are a number of community legal centres throughout Queensland that hold regular advice sessions.