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Michael Byrnes

Partner
Employment and Workplace Relations

Michael Byrnes is a workplace relations lawyer with over 20 years' experience in assisting clients navigate employment and work health and safety issues.

He provides advice on all aspects of the employment relationship including the hiring process (terms of employment, contract negotiation and drafting, modern awards and enterprise agreements), day-to-day operations (anti-discrimination and diversity, sexual harassment, bullying, performance and conduct, managing illness and injury, industrial disputes, work health and safety) and termination of employment (unfair dismissal, adverse action/general protections, confidential information and post-employment restraints). Michael runs specially tailored training programs and seminars for clients (including at board level). He also drafts and reviews workplace policies and undertakes complex and sensitive workplace investigations.

Michael is an experienced advocate who has appeared in various courts, tribunals and commissions in both interlocutory and final hearings on matters including breach of employment contract, statutory underpayment claims, industrial disputes, unfair dismissal hearings, work health and safety plea hearings and coronial inquests. 

He also has extensive experience in the employment law aspects of corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructures.

As well as regularly presenting at conferences, Michael is often called upon for expert opinion in the media. He has appeared on numerous radio segments and quoted in publications including The Age, Lawyers Weekly, Workplace Express, OHS Alert, SmartCompany and InTheBlack on workplace relations and WHS law issues. Michael is also co-author of the LexisNexis publication "Annotated Fair Work Act & Related Legislation".

mjb@swaab.com.au
+61 2 9233 5544
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Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation
  • 2018 - Recommended Doyles Guide
  • 2018 - Recommended Doyles Guide
  • 2018 - Recommended Doyles Guide