Industrial Relations and Employment Law Services - Fee increase | NECA

Industrial Relations and Employment Law Services - Fee increase

NECAs Industrial Relations department (NECA IR) and its associated law firm, NECA Legal, provide a range of industrial relations and employment law services to members on a subsidised fee for service basis.  This means our fees are less than those charged by most (if not all) law firms and consultancies for a similar standard of service.  Phone advice is free to members.    Unlike private law firms and consultancies, NECA IR does not charge members for minor photocopying and short email advices.

Staffed by experienced solicitors and industrial advisors, NECA IR and NECA Legal advise and represent members in; enterprise bargaining, termination and dismissal matters, award and legislation interpretation, disputes with unions and employees, workplace investigations into employee conduct, bullying  and safety issues, and WorkCover and Workplace Ombudsman investigations.   We also draft and advise on workplace policies and procedures.    NECA provides  training in each of these areas.

NECAs HR Manual, Policy Handbook, template letters and contracts as well as other publications have proved to be very popular and are now free to members.

Fee Increase.

NECA’s fees for industrial relations and employment law services have increased.  This is the first increase since January 2013.  Unfortunately it is not possible to maintain our fees at their 2013 levels.

A full list of our services and fees applicable from 1 August 2016 is in the table below.  Some work is charged on an hourly basis while other work is undertaken for a flat fee. All fees are plus GST.  

Service Description of Work Member Fee Non Member Fee

Enterprise Agreement 

Draft and Submit for Approval 

  • Provision of NECA’s Guide to Enterprise Bargaining.

  • Continued support and advice throughout the agreement making process including all correspondence, telephone calls, faxes, emails and discussions at NECAs premises.

  • Drafting and settling an Enterprise Agreement to meet the requirements of my business.

  • Lodgement of the Enterprise Agreement with the Fair Work Commission and dealing with any questions or issues raised by that organisation arising from the lodgement of the Agreement.

  • Lodgement of the Enterprise Agreement with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) for assessment against the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry (the Code) and the Implementation Guidelines (the Guidelines) including dealing with any questions or issues raised by that organisation arising from the lodgement of the Agreement.

  • The provision of ongoing advice and assistance arising from the operation of the Agreement during its term.

$1,500 + GST

$2,000 +GST

Enterprise Agreement Review and Amend

  • Reviewing and drafting amendments to an Enterprise Agreement.

  • Continued support and advice throughout the agreement making process including all correspondence, telephone calls, faxes, emails and discussions at NECAs premises.

  • Lodgement of the Enterprise Agreement with the Fair Work Commission and dealing with any questions or issues raised by that organisation arising from the lodgement of the Agreement.

  • Lodgement of the Enterprise Agreement with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) for assessment against the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry (the Code) and the Implementation Guidelines (the Guidelines) including dealing with any questions or issues raised by that organisation arising from the lodgement of the Agreement.

  • The provision of ongoing advice and assistance arising from the operation of the agreement during its term.

$250 p/h +GST

$325 p/h +GST

Acting as Bargaining Agent in Enterprise Agreement Negotiations

  • Advise generally on bargaining process

  • Meet with other bargaining representatives to negotiate the Agreement

  • Provision of ongoing advice

  • Settle draft agreements and other documentation

$250 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel. 

$325 p/h + GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

Unfair Dismissal claims up to conciliation

  • Review Application

  • Interviewing relevant persons

  • Provision of advice on jurisdiction and prospects

  • Legal research

  • Filing and serving Employer’s Response

  • Appearing at conciliation conference

  • Drafting of terms of settlement or deed of release 

$1,500  + GST

$2,000 +GST

Unfair Dismissal Claims up to arbitration if not settled in conciliation

  • Interviewing witnesses and preparing witness statements

  • Preparation of notices to produce, subpoenas and other documentation

  • Preparation of submissions

  • Preparation of brief for Counsel (if required)

  • Preparation for hearing in Fair Work Commission

  • Attendance at Hearing

$250 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel.

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

General Protections (Adverse Action) claims up to conciliation

  • Review Application

  • Interviewing relevant persons

  • Provision of advice on jurisdiction and prospects

  • Legal research

  • Filing and serving Employer’s Response

  • Appearing at conciliation conference

  • Drafting of terms of settlement or deed of release

$1,500 + GST

$2,000 +GST

General Protections (Adverse Action) claims up to hearing if not settled in conciliation

  • Interviewing witnesses and preparing affidavit evidence

  • Preparation of notices to produce, discovery documents, subpoenas and other documentation

  • Preparation of submissions

  • Preparation of brief for Counsel (if required)

  • Preparation for hearing in Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court

  • Attendance at Hearing

  • Advice on costs

$250 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel.

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

Disputes

  • Obtaining information

  • Advice on issues and prospects

  • Meetings with member, union and other parties

  • Preparation for hearing

  • Attendance at hearing in Fair Work Commission

$250 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel.

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

Attend Counselling Session/ Disciplinary Interview

  • Attend a pre counselling session meeting to discuss the procedures involved in a disciplinary interview.

  • Take part in the counselling session as a witness.

  • Provide advice during the counselling session where requested. Attend a post counselling session meeting to discuss options available to the company and provide advice on the best course of action.

  • Provide a record of interview.

  • Follow up written advice outlining the best course of action

  • Drafting letter of warning or termination letter (whichever is applicable).

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

Workplace performance conduct and Bullying Investigations

  • Meeting with employer to discuss complaint

  • Review correspondence and other relevant documents

  • Preparing interview documentation including confidentiality notice

  • Interviewing witnesses and other relevant persons

  • Preparation of report on findings and outcome.

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

WorkCover investigations

  • Conducting incident investigations and preparation of report

  • Review of relevant documents

  • Attendance at WorkCover interviews

  • Advice on liability and prospects

  • Preparation of brief for Counsel (if necessary)

  • Attendance at conferences with counsel and witnesses

  • Preparation of affidavit evidence and submissions

  • Attendance at hearing

  • Advice on costs

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

Drafting Contract of Employment

  • Drafting and settling a Contract of Employment to meet the requirements of the position

  • Continued support and advice throughout the contract making process including all correspondence, telephone calls, faxes, emails and discussions at NECAs premises.

  • The provision of ongoing advice and assistance arising from the operation of the contact during its term.

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

Time and Wages record audits

  • Auditing of Time and Wages records

  • Auditing of Pay Advices

  • Auditing of Insurance Certificates of Currency

  • Auditing of Workers Compensation Certificates of Currency

  • Auditing of Superannuation payment records

  • Auditing of PAYG taxation payment records

  • Preparation of an Audit Review Report

  • Continued support and advice throughout the auditing process including all correspondence, telephone calls, faxes, emails and discussions at NECAs premises

  • Correspondence with party seeking the audit

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

IRE Certificate Preparation for ACT Government

  • Auditing documentation

  • Providing an Industrial Relations and Employment Certificate

$600.00 +GST

$800 +GST

Underpayment of wages and breach of Award claims

  • Review of documents including claim and company documents

  • Provision of advice

  • Meetings with company and claimant representative

  • Preparation of brief for Counsel (if necessary)

  • Preparation for hearing

  • Attendance at hearing in court

  • Advice on costs

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$32 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

Policy Handbook

Preparation of Company Specific Policy Handbook

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

Seminars and Training

  • Preparation of Seminar presentation and materials

  • Presentation of the Seminar

  • Providing follow up advice

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

Termination Interview

  • Attend a pre interview meeting to discuss the procedures involved in a termination interview.

  • Take part in the termination interview as a witness.

  • Provide advice during the termination interview where requested. Attend a post interview meeting to discuss options available to the company and provide advice on the best course of action.

  • Provide a record of interview.

  • Follow up written advice outlining the best course of action

  • Drafting letter of termination (where appropriate).

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

General Advice

  • Provision of advice on employment and industrial relations matters from time to time 

$250.00 p/h +GST

$75 p/h for travel

$325 p/h +GST

$75.00 p/h for travel

 

 

Free Services to Members

NECA IR provides a number of services and documents to members free of charge including: 

Telephone Advice

Advice on Award and Workplace Legislation
Short advice on industrial relations and employment issues

Wage Rate Bulletins

Updated when Award rates of pay or other conditions change

Charge Out Rates Guide

Updated shortly after Award rates increase

Guides

Enterprise Bargaining
Modern Award and National Employment Standards
Termination Handbook
Human Resources and Policy manuals

Template Documents

Appointment letters
Employment contracts
Sub contractor Agreements
Disciplinary letters
Appraisal and assessment forms
Job descriptions

Letters of Demand

Employee debt recovery
Return of property

 

For more information, please contact NECA on 1300 361 099.

 

Contacts
NECA
☎:1300 361 099
@:memberservices
✉: PO Box 6749, Silverwater D.C. NSW, 1811

 

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