WHAT WE DO
Justitia offers comprehensive and adaptive services aimed at supporting our clients through every step of the employment cycle.
We work with large and medium corporate organisations, government bodies (including local government), not-for-profit organisations and start-ups. We provide services to clients across Australia.
Our services take into account the commercial, compliance and strategic needs of our clients, without losing sight of the fact that employee relations is ultimately about people.
At all times, we aim to develop relationships with our clients that build capacity rather than dependence. Our goal is to provide our clients with the knowledge and tools they need to manage their workforces confidently, now and into the future.
Justitia offers a comprehensive range of advisory services in relation to managing employee entitlements, drafting contracts and policies, advising on pre-employment requirements, recruitment processes, enterprise agreements, modern awards and Fair Work legislation. We also advise and represent employers in relation to industrial issues, bargaining with unions, compliance under Fair Work legislation, appearances before the Fair Work Commission and the courts and dealing with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
At Justitia, we guide our clients through organisational change, including dismissal procedures and redundancy processes. We assist in managing employee performance and dealing with misconduct (including sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying), long-term injured or ill employees, and complaint handling.
Our services extend to benchmarking employment agreements, policies and protocols against Australian and international standards of best practice. With a focus on the link between business success and employee wellbeing, we flag areas that deserve management attention and make recommendations for remediation or improvement. We enjoy working with clients to build organisational capacity with respect to human rights at work, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Our general aim is to keep our clients out of courts and tribunals, but we recognise that sometimes formal dispute resolution or litigation is unavoidable. We aim to minimise the costs, stress and inconvenience that these processes cause our clients.
Justitia has extensive experience in conducting litigious matters in the Victorian Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Supreme Court as well as the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia. We also represent clients before the Fair Work Commission and in anti-discrimination proceedings.
We act for employers in relation to a wide range of employment-related claims. These include claims of unfair dismissal, adverse action, bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment, breach of contract and misleading or deceptive conduct. We also assist our clients to enforce restraints and confidentiality clauses, respond to underpayment and award-based claims, enterprise agreement and Fair Work Act non-compliance claims and provide representation with respect to Work Health and Safety prosecutions and Coronial inquests.
Justitia has a wealth of experience and considerable success in resolving workplace disputes through informal negotiation, mediation and a wide range of alternative dispute resolution processes. Our approach to alternative dispute resolution is to focus on outcomes, rather than positions.
We offer Accredited Meditation services to resolve disputes. Our Accredited Mediators are skilled in facilitating open and frank discussions between parties, with a view to achieving a workable long-term resolution of the dispute. We also offer representation for employers who are parties to mediation, conciliation and other dispute resolution processes.
Justitia also has extensive experience in conducting arbitrations. Our approach is to manage arbitrations with clear procedural directions that provide the parties with every opportunity to be heard while ensuring that the matter is dealt with efficiently. We peer-review all arbitrated decisions to ensure our reasoning is logical, fair and thorough.
Justitia provides advice on compliance with Work Health and Safety laws in all Australian jurisdictions and regularly conducts training for our clients on the responsibilities of workers, managers and directors under Work Health and Safety legislation.
As well as providing advisory services in Work Health and Safety, our lawyers are experienced in defending employers and businesses charged with breaches of these laws. Our focus in these matters is always on obtaining outcomes for our clients that are commercial and cognisant of reputational risk.
Justitia has conducted inquiries on a wide range of complex and sensitive issues for organisations in the public and private sectors. Our lawyers are familiar with public and private sector disciplinary policies and procedures and have particular experience in conducting large inquiries and investigations in the health and education sectors.
Our lawyers are sought out to conduct comprehensive, impartial and timely workplace inquiries and investigations. We provide our clients with peer-reviewed, independent reports that contain objective and well-evidenced findings, as well as recommendations, when requested.
Our workplace inquiries differ in focus and scope, depending on organisational needs. Inquiries may involve undertaking a broad review of how well a workforce is functioning, investigating particular issues of concern or investigating formal employee complaints according to relevant procedures.
Justitia also provides audit and consulting services that span a range of employment-related areas, including human rights at work. We are eager to support our clients through periods of change management and organisational disruption. We understand the importance of balancing business and employee concerns.
Justitia regularly conducts due diligence reviews for corporate and overseas law firms whose clients are establishing new businesses or undergoing business mergers, sales, acquisitions, re-financing or joint ventures. Our due diligence work can involve reviewing employer obligations, advising about compatibility of existing workplace instruments, assisting with drafting transaction documentation and providing strategies for integrating workforces.
Justitia provides face-to-face training on a broad range of topics ranging from compliance matters through to best practice professional development programs for managers and staff. We deliver training that is interactive, practical and thought-provoking.
Recent topics covered by Justitia training include:
- Equal Employment Opportunity, Anti-Bullying and the Prevention of Sexual Harassment
- Unconscious Bias and Workplace Discrimination
- Managing Ill and Injured Employees
- Conducting Workplace Investigations
- Managing Poor Performance, Redundancy and Dismissal
- Code of Conduct Training for Local Government Councillors
We can tailor our existing programs to suit the needs of our clients or alternatively create bespoke training programs that address particular workplace concerns.
There are a number of standard documents that every workplace needs. Rather than re-create the wheel every time, we have developed a suite of template workplace documents that are available for purchase. We believe workplace documents have an important role to play in creating and sustaining expectations and minimising workplace conflict. On that basis, we have drafted our template products with logic, simplicity and usefulness in mind.
Justitia is always adding to its list of template products. Our current template products list covers areas including:
- Employment Contracts and Independent Contractor Agreements
- Equal Opportunity and Prevention of Sexual Harassment Policy
- Workplace Bullying Policy
- Work Health and Safety Policy
- Complaints Procedure
- Flexible Work Request Policy and Forms
If a document you are looking for is not listed here, contact us and we’ll let you know what other template products we have available for purchase.