The growing need for enterprise flexibilityJanuary 14, 2014
FCB’s Managing Partner and Solicitor Director, Campbell Fisher, discusses the need for businesses across all industries to be flexible in...
We are Australia’s leading workplace legal and human resources solutions business. We specialise in providing you with the highest quality employment law advice. In addition, our team of human resources (HR) consultants devise smart ways to ensure that you manage your people as efficiently as possible and reduce the chances of workplace problems arising. We can also provide you with migration advice, a smart technology solution designed specifically for Australian businesses and a complete workplace management package for smaller businesses.
At FCB Group, we focus on providing you with the best possible workplace relations and legal advisory service. This can range from providing you with straight legal advice, to drawing on our knowledge of employment law, migration law, workplace relations consulting and technology to come up with a holistic solution that will make your business more efficient and productive. We’re also responsive (meaning we understand that workplace problems don’t necessarily occur between the hours of nine and five). We’re pleased that so many of our clients agree that we’re meeting our objectives.
At FCB Group, we believe it is the quality of our team of employment lawyers, workplace consultants and technology experts that separates us from our competitors. The majority of our lawyers have interdisciplinary backgrounds, meaning that they draw not only on their understanding of workplace relations law to solve your problems, but also on their knowledge of how workplaces actually operate in the real world. The team includes three accredited workplace relations specialists. In addition, our lawyers and consultants have specialist knowledge of a range of industries, including infrastructure and construction, manufacturing, health and aged care, education, retail, hospitality and leisure, and recruitment.
As a practice specialising in employment law, workplace relations, and work health and safety (WHS), we are pleased to have received recognition for our work. Chambers and Partners 2015 described FCB Workplace Law as ‘a good boutique with a great reputation’. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 stated that FCB Workplace Law’s team is ‘responsive, business relevant, knowledgeable and good value for money’. FCB Workplace Law is also recognised in Best Lawyers 2017 and shortlisted for Employment Law Specialist Firm of the Year in the 2016 Australasian Law Awards.
FCB Workplace Law is Australia’s leading workplace relations law firm. We practise only in the area of employment law. We do it all day, every day. As a result, we are very good at it and, over the past 25 years, we have built one of the most highly regarded employment law practices in Australia. In terms of size, we are larger than the workplace relations teams in many of the large full-service firms. Our expertise in employment law is unparalleled and our team of lawyers includes three accredited workplace law specialists.
FCB Group offers HR Services through an expert team of experienced Human Resources consultants who specialise in supporting your people and culture functions. Whether you have a short-term assignment or a long-term project or parental leave cover – we have a group of individuals who are available at very short notice to cover any HR gaps in your business.
FCB Smart Visa helps employers who need to attract and retain the best human talent in a highly competitive global marketplace. We enable clients to have peace of mind knowing they can have movement of key employees, crucial to the success of major projects, where and when they need them. We deliver timely, tailor-made, sector specific advice on all matters involving the ever-changing Australian immigration laws. Unlike other providers, FCB Smart Visa is part of FCB Group, which delivers complete people management solutions to more than 10'000 Australian businesses, including some of the country's most recognisable brand names. We have particular expertise in the areas of IT, creative industries, recruitment, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, health & aged care and sport.
enableHR is a state-of-the-art online information and management system that delivers affordable and best-practice HR and WHS processes, tools, advice and record management. Widely regarded as the most sophisticated technological workplace solution on the market, enableHR provides you with a cloud-based employee management tool that results in greater efficiency and higher productivity. It can be used by enterprises, businesses, small-to-medium sized businesses, industry organisations and not-for-profit organisations.
HR Assured is our complete workplace relations solution for small-to-medium sized businesses. By providing you with a comprehensive human resource solution, HR Assured helps reduce the risks associated with managing people. Most importantly, it makes businesses more efficient and is also cost effective.
At FCB Group, we have been advising small and large businesses operating in the building, infrastructure, services and facilities management industries on workplace relations strategies and employment issues for over 20 years. Our infrastructure and construction team helps clients with the full spectrum of employment arrangements. We are also experienced in managing disputes, enterprise agreements and project contracts. If required, we can develop workplace management plans specifically tailored to this sector that streamline human resources processes and procedures for increased efficiency.
At FCB Group, we are very aware that, over the past 30 years, the industry has transformed. Operators today need to develop sophisticated industrial relations strategies if they are to remain competitive. Our manufacturing team helps strengthen our clients’ businesses by advising on industrial relations governance, developing innovative enterprise bargaining agreement strategies, setting up initiatives that drive workforce engagement, developing bespoke contracts and policies, assisting with union management, defending employment claims, and managing work health and safety issues. In addition, we can help companies that recruit workers from overseas to navigate Australia’s complex migration laws.
At FCB Group, we have specialised knowledge of the health and aged care industry in Australia. As an industry that is undergoing considerable growth, the sector is facing numerous challenges, especially in the area of people management. Our health and aged care team regularly assists clients with compliance, cultural and workforce development issues. We also advise businesses operating in this sector on recruitment and hiring (both pre-hiring and on-boarding processes), organisational change and restructuring, management of ill and injured workers, and workplace investigations. In addition, we provide assistance and advice on enterprise agreements and bargaining.
At FCB Group, we know that most retailers are finding it challenging to grow their businesses in the current economic climate. In addition, workplace laws are constantly changing, so remaining compliant can be a constant struggle. Our knowledge of the retail sector is unparalleled. We partner with the Australian Retailers Association and are currently representing a number of industry associations during the Fair Work Commission’s award review process. Our lawyers and consultants combine technical expertise with commercial pragmatism to offer long-term solutions that are specifically tailored to the requirements of retail businesses and prevent workplace issues emerging in the first place.
At FCB Group, we are very aware that, as people have become more focused on the activities they enjoy away from work, the hospitality and leisure industry has grown rapidly. We also know that in an industry built around adaptable, flexible workforces, there is always the potential for workplace issues to emerge that can quickly escalate into major problems. Our hospitality and leisure team can advise on all types of statutory entitlements and remuneration, as well as develop commercially pragmatic and efficient strategies for performance management. We can also help to devise, negotiate and implement enterprise bargaining agreements. Finally, if necessary, we represent clients in all types of employment-related litigation (including unfair dismissal, bullying, breach of contract and discrimination-related claims).
At FCB Group, we know that the key to a successful recruitment business is satisfied workers and candidates. We also know that workplace relations and safety compliance under tripartite employment arrangements can be challenging. Our recruitment team is experienced in managing client and workforce relationships in the recruitment sector. To help recruitment businesses remain competitive, we provide strategic advice on workplace relations governance, develop processes and procedures that ensure good workforce and expectations management, draft industry-specific contracts and policies, defend employee claims and grievances, and prepare complete workplace health and safety management systems.
FCB Group has been advising national and state sporting bodies, player associations and professional athletes for more than 20 years. In addition, FCB Group continues to enjoy a longstanding partnership with Fitness Australia and a number of key franchise businesses and individual operators, delivering innovative and practical workplace management and compliance solutions across the fitness industry.