Principal Employee 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 dismissal||April 4, 2017|
|Stevedore loses dismissal claim after Facebook ‘pig’ post||March 28, 2017|
|Employer found vicariously liable for assault on female employee||January 31, 2017|
|Employee awarded compensation despite sexually inappropriate behaviour||February 28, 2017|
|Recovering costs from unfair dismissal claims||June 21, 2016|
|Safety prevails in FWC Full Bench ruling on dismissal matter||April 12, 2016|
|Can persistent lateness justify dismissal?||March 22, 2016|
|‘Delinquent’ unfair dismissal applicant ordered to pay employer’s costs||March 15, 2016|
|Swearing at a supervisor may justify dismissal||March 8, 2016|
|Inadequate time to respond made dismissal harsh||November 3, 2015|
|FWC disapproves of ‘first and final’ warning||October 6, 2015|
|Lack of objectivity in redundancy sees adverse action claim||September 29, 2015|
|Managerial rights upheld in redeployment decision||September 15, 2015|
|Procedural fairness rules despite serious misconduct||September 8, 2015|
|Should you incorporate disciplinary policies in employment contracts?||September 1, 2015|
|Bullying claim rejected by Workers Comp tribunal||August 4, 2015|
|Full Bench rules on frustration of contract||July 28, 2015|
|Drunken worker reinstated after employer errors||July 21, 2015|
|Swearing at boss may not justify dismissal||July 14, 2015|
|FWC reinstates sleeping security guard||June 9, 2015|
|FWC clarifies manager’s right to unfair dismissal||January 27, 2015|
|Mine employer wins standby payment dispute||January 20, 2015|
|Court broadens approach to adverse action||January 13, 2015|
|Full Bench rejects worker’s compo adverse action claim||January 13, 2015|
|State court clarifies employee restraint clauses||December 2, 2014|
|Safety inaction can justify dismissal: FWC||October 14, 2014|
|Workers must act in employer’s best interests: FWC||October 7, 2014|
|Swearing dock worker dismissal fair: FWC||September 23, 2014|
|Management defined in new bullying decision||May 20, 2014|
|Support persons best practice for employers||April 29, 2014|
|Failure to consult not adverse action: FWC||March 25, 2014|
|Tribunal rules manager action still bullying||March 25, 2014|
|Upgraded duties justifies redundancy decision: FWC||February 25, 2014|
|Employees obliged to provide truthful responses during investigations||February 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: FWC||July 17, 2013|
|Redundancy: Employer obligations for redeployment||February 12, 2013|
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