With over 40 years’ experience in representing employees with employment law issues Stephen has advised about and been counsel in an enormous range of workplace disputes. If you need assistance with advice and representation with any of the following issues of employment law, he offers a one stop shop for employees throughout Western Australia. Most of his work other than representing clients in the industrial tribunals is conducted by telephone and Skype conferencing which allows him to offer billing rates which are a fraction of those imposed by the legal profession. He no longer maintains a flash CBD or West Perth office and staff and accordingly can keep his rates affordable for all employees with concerns about budget.
Stephen offers employees legal advice and representation about such employment law issues as:
- Unfair dismissal
- Wrongful dismissal
- Termination of employment
- Enterprise bargaining negotiations
- Workplace Rights
- Denied contractual benefits
- Breach of employment contract
- Discrimination at work
- Equal Opportunity at work
- Restraints of trade
- Severance and settlement deeds
DEFAMATION IN THE WORKPLACE
During my 40 years as a practising lawyer, which ended in 2012 when I entered commerce and industry as an airline executive, I specialized in employment law. Hence my current business, which drives this web-site.And curiously, media law. Between 1995 and 2012, I was a partner in a 2 partner law firm which I founded, Edwards Wallace, which handled the legal work associated with publishing and broadcasting by most of the media in Western Australia. And now that I look back, I remember many instances in which the subject of defamation in the workplace was raised with me.
I offer advice and representation for Western Australian employees about their workplace rights including such diverse workplace issues as redundancy, termination of employment, equal opportunity, discrimination at work and generally support employees in what are sometimes highly stressful and difficult situations. As a former lawyer with a record of 40 years of unblemished legal practice in Western Australia until very recently (see the Stephen Edwards tab) I offer superb value for money and having registered as an industrial agent I provide advice and representation at a fraction of the rates lawyers charge. I am I believe the only industrial agent in Western Australia who is trained and experienced as a lawyer.
This remedy under the Fair Work Act 2012 is increasingly being accessed by employees whose incomes exceed the high income threshold and cannot thus take proceedings for unfair dismissal to ventilate grievances about dismissals. And one of the most powerful reasons for this is sec 361 of the Act which contains a provision which reverses the traditional burden of proof in civil cases, by placing the effective onus of disproving an allegation of a breach of the general protections provisions of the Act (adverse action) upon the entity or person alleged to have breached them .