Employment Disputes FAQs
Do I have to consult a lawyer prior to taking action against an employee?
Yes. You will not have cover where you have acted without taking legal advice from a practitioner in employment law first approved by us.
Are the costs incurred in consulting an advisor prior to the discipline of an employee covered?
No. These costs would normally form part of the company’s human resource/ staffing budget.
What should be reported as a claim?
Any circumstance that could give rise to an employment dispute, including for example:
- The intention to institute redundancy procedures or discussions.
- Investigation by the Human Rights Commission or Privacy Commissioner.
- Allegations concerning harassment (sexual or otherwise)
- Proposals to make major changes to employment arrangements.
- Institution of disciplinary investigations.
- Concerns about competence or performance on which you propose to take action.
- Any contact from the Mediation Service.
OR receipt of any claim or grievance or threat thereof by or on behalf of any former, current or prospective employee.