Employment & Industrial Relations

The Norman Waterhouse Employment Law team can assist you in a timely and efficient manner. We understand that you require a response to your employment law or industrial law problem quickly and succinctly. Our lawyers are used to meeting the tight deadlines which apply in most employment and industrial problems and know that clients want practical, lasting and cost-effective solutions. Our team is responsive to your communication and is always available via direct dial, mobile or e-mail.

We provide a business solution as well as a legal solution. We establish good relationships with our clients and get close to their business so that our advice fits with their commercial objectives.  Our team ensures you will avoid future problems with well-drafted, plain English documents. Whatever your problems, chances are we've handled a similar situation before. Our team has great depth and breadth of experience in most employment matters including workers' compensation.

We believe that prevention is better than cure. We run training programs for clients to enable them to handle many of their own matters.

Training program topics include:

  • Avoiding unfair dismissal claims
  • Effective recruitment practices
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Workers' compensation dispute resolution amendments
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Employment and Industrial Relations Services

  • Unfair dismissal actions
  • Enterprise bargaining
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Employment contracts
  • Award interpretation
  • Recruitment
  • Underpayment claims
  • Internal discipline / performance counselling
  • Federal and state workers' compensation
  • Occupational health and safety advice
  • Fraud prosecution

Past Events

2018 Walking the Talk Seminar

2018 Walking the Talk Seminar

Thursday 5 April 2018 | Pullman Adelaide

South Australia’s Pre-eminent Employment Law Conference for CEOs, Senior Managers and Human Resource Professionals

Walking the Talk is back in 2018 and Norman Waterhouse’s Employment and Industrial Relations Team will again take you through an in depth analysis of the most important issues facing your workplace as nominated by our clients. Also, back by popular demand we will be running our interactive Expert Panel session.

Cost: $350 ex GST
Date: Thursday 5 April 2018
Time: 8:45am – 4:00pm, followed by drinks and canapés
Location: Pullman Adelaide, Level 15, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide

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2017 Human Resources Masterclass

Following last year’s sold-out event, our practical and challenging Human Resources Masterclass returns for a third year!

This year’s Masterclass will feature two of the most current and important topics affecting workplaces in 2017: Before and After: Surveillance Devices Act 2016 (SA) and Balancing workload, productivity, and mental health in an era of 24/7 Connectivity.

Please click here to view the program.


2017 Walking the Talk Seminar

SA’s leading employment law conference: Keeping you up to date with current and contemporary human resource and industrial relations issues.

Registrations now open!

This full day seminar is an invaluable learning experience for Chief Executive Officers, human resource professionals and senior managers across State and Federal industrial regimes.

The topics for discussion will include:

  • Introduction of the Surveillance Devices Act 2016 (SA): new obligations for employers
  • The effect of Section 18 of the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) after 1 July 2017
  • Employee mental health issues and how they affect the workplace
  • WHS responsibilities for employers: a review of recent decisions
  • 24/7 connectivity: Pitfalls for employers
  • A dynamic guest speaker who will provide first-hand experience in managing upwards and downwards within your organisation

We hope you are able to join us for our first exclusive session for 2017!

Event Details

When: Thursday 11 May 2017
9am - 4:30pm, followed by drinks and canapés
(Registration from 9:00am. Tea and coffee available on arrival)
Location: Crowne Plaza Adelaide, Level 15, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000
$350 ex GST

View the program here

2016 Human Resources Masterclass

Following on from last year’s successful inaugural Human Resources Masterclass, the Norman Waterhouse Employment and Industrial Relations Team is pleased to announce that this year’s Human Resources Masterclass will be held on Friday, 4 November 2016. 

Norman Waterhouse Human Resources Masterclass is an interactive and challenging workshop on contemporary human resource and industrial relations topics. This year’s Masterclass will focus on the following topics:

  • Interviewing techniques and managing unconscious bias in the workplace; and
  • How to handle a workplace discrimination claim

View the program here.

2016 Walking the Talk Seminar

Walking the Talk is back in 2016 and Norman Waterhouse’s Employment and Industrial Relations Team will again take you through an in-depth analysis of the most important issues facing your workplace. Also, back by popular demand, our interactive Q&A session.

Click here to view the program.

Human Resources Masterclass

We’ve heard you and we’re keen to help!

In response to our recent survey, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers and Balance Human Resource Consulting will be combining their expertise for a Human Resources Masterclass, a workshop aimed at presenting practical solutions to ensure legal compliance.

Click here for more information. 

Our Employment & Industrial Relations Specialists