Bill FitzgeraldBill Fitzgerald

Principal Workplace Relations Consultant
0418 127 020 | [email protected]
Based: Hobart Office
Phone: 03 6270 2256

Bill has been responsible for AMMA’s Tasmanian operations for the past 18 years. He provides AMMA members with the design and delivery of supervisory training, advice and representation in adverse action and unfair/unlawful termination claims and strategic advice and representation in the enterprise agreement making process. Bill has also provide advice and representation for major construction and plant upgrade projects.

Bill has provided advice and onsite assistance to a number of Tasmanian, Queensland and Victorian members in negotiating Agreements under the Fair Work Act and has conducted numerous industrial relations, Discrimination, OHS, bullying and human resources/supervisory related AMMA training.

He has also lobbied the Tasmanian Government in relation to industrial relations, workers compensation and occupational health and safety reform and is a member of the Tasmanian Employer Committee on workers compensation and OHS issues.

Bill has over 18 years human resources and industrial relations experience in the resource industry as well as 20 years’ experience in manufacturing, retail, and education and health services. He has been involved in major projects such as the construction of the Tasmanian natural gas project for Duke Energy, the Allegiance Metals processing facility, and the recent Triton project for Skretting (a multinational Norwegian fish meal manufacturing business) in Hobart.

Bill has a specialist expertise in dealing with disciplinary issues including defending unfair dismissal and adverse action claims.

Prior to joining AMMA, Bill spent 15 years with the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has lectured on Employment and Human Resources law at the University of Tasmania and TAFE. Bill holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Tasmania, was admitted to the role of practitioners in the Supreme Court of Tasmania, and has a Certificate IV TAE.

Bill’s Case Summary Publications

Fed Court upholds injury-related dismissalApril 4, 2017
Stevedore loses dismissal claim after Facebook ‘pig’ postMarch 28, 2017
Employer found vicariously liable for assault on female employeeJanuary 31, 2017
Employee awarded compensation despite sexually inappropriate behaviourFebruary 28, 2017
Recovering costs from unfair dismissal claimsJune 21, 2016
Safety prevails in FWC Full Bench ruling on dismissal matterApril 12, 2016
Can persistent lateness justify dismissal?March 22, 2016
‘Delinquent’ unfair dismissal applicant ordered to pay employer’s costsMarch 15, 2016
Swearing at a supervisor may justify dismissalMarch 8, 2016
Inadequate time to respond made dismissal harshNovember 3, 2015
FWC disapproves of ‘first and final’ warningOctober 6, 2015
Lack of objectivity in redundancy sees adverse action claimSeptember 29, 2015
Managerial rights upheld in redeployment decisionSeptember 15, 2015
Procedural fairness rules despite serious misconductSeptember 8, 2015
Should you incorporate disciplinary policies in employment contracts?September 1, 2015
Bullying claim rejected by Workers Comp tribunalAugust 4, 2015
Full Bench rules on frustration of contractJuly 28, 2015
Drunken worker reinstated after employer errorsJuly 21, 2015
Swearing at boss may not justify dismissalJuly 14, 2015
FWC reinstates sleeping security guardJune 9, 2015
FWC clarifies manager’s right to unfair dismissalJanuary 27, 2015
Mine employer wins standby payment disputeJanuary 20, 2015
Court broadens approach to adverse actionJanuary 13, 2015
Full Bench rejects worker’s compo adverse action claimJanuary 13, 2015
State court clarifies employee restraint clausesDecember 2, 2014
Safety inaction can justify dismissal: FWCOctober 14, 2014
Workers must act in employer’s best interests: FWCOctober 7, 2014
Swearing dock worker dismissal fair: FWCSeptember 23, 2014
Management defined in new bullying decisionMay 20, 2014
Support persons best practice for employersApril 29, 2014
Failure to consult not adverse action: FWCMarch 25, 2014
Tribunal rules manager action still bullyingMarch 25, 2014
Upgraded duties justifies redundancy decision: FWCFebruary 25, 2014
Employees obliged to provide truthful responses during investigationsFebruary 12, 2014
Summary dismissal: Is notice required?January 29, 2014
Redundancy: Are selection criteria part and parcel of management prerogative?August 28, 2013
Dismissal upheld despite overturned criminal conviction: FWCJuly 17, 2013
Redundancy: Employer obligations for redeploymentFebruary 12, 2013

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