Jessica Nicholls

Jessica specialises in workplace relations and safety law. She has broad experience advising clients on a wide variety of matters including employment terms and conditions, termination of employment, industrial instrument compliance, performance management, enterprise bargaining, contractor arrangements, transactional due diligence and safety matters.

Jessica assists clients across a range of industries including retail, manufacturing, wine, construction, education, energy and resources, professional services and government.

Jessica regularly presents on topical workplace law matters including recent seminars on the topics of performance management, termination of employment and sexual harassment in the workplace. Jessica also recently presented at the Law Society of South Australia on ‘Due Diligence Pressure Points’ discussing employment and safety issues arising in a transactional context.

Experience

Jessica’s experience includes advising:

  • An employer in the manufacturing industry in unfair dismissal proceedings before the Fair Work Commission concerning an allegation of constructive dismissal;
  • A client in regards to a general protections complaint in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia on behalf of a mining company following the termination of an employee’s employment on the ground of misconduct;
  • A large not-for-profit in regards to defending an equal opportunity complaint in the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal following allegations of unlawful discrimination and victimisation;
  • An employer within the wine industry┬áconcerning the restructure of its business operations, transfer of business obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and employee entitlements;
  • Local Government in regards to conducting a workplace investigation on behalf of Council concerning allegations of bullying, harassment and sex discrimination; and
  • A contractor in the electricity industry during an investigation conducted by the Safety Regulator concerning an alleged incident involving high risk works.

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