Erin Kidd is a director in the Labour & Employment Practice Group. She has over a decade’s experience advising on all facets of the employment relationship. Having university qualifications in law, human resources management and industrial relations, Erin understands the complexities of people management and provides her clients with practical and easy-to-understand advice.

    Erin works with the senior management, in-house counsel and human resources personnel of her clients to assist on all aspects of the employment life cycle. This includes advice on recruitment procedures and employment contracts when an employee is first hired, to assistance with termination of employment and employment-related litigation. Erin also conducts workplace investigations in respect of allegations of discrimination, harassment and misconduct, and conducts workplace training.

    Erin assists her clients to navigate contractual and regulatory issues, including entitlements of employees, employee disciplinary issues, employee complaints and grievances, restraints of trade, workplace restructuring, redundancy, and managing ill and injured workers. She also advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including business sales and acquisitions.

    Erin acts for employers before various state and federal courts and industrial relations tribunals, but where appropriate seeks to negotiate settlement outcomes in contentious employment matters, both before and after litigation has commenced.

    Erin works with both private sector and government clients, and she has experience acting for employers across a range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, engineering services, mining and resources, earthmoving and industrial equipment, professional services, media and entertainment, education, property development, construction and infrastructure, advertising and private equity.

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    • Advising a multinational manufacturing company about the employment-related aspects of acquiring an Australian business, and then later advising on a major restructure of the Australian operations.
    • Acting for a professional services firm in respect of all employment-related aspects of a merger, including preparing new employment contracts for all staff and redrafting human resources policies with reference to the existing policies of the two firms.
    • Acting for a manufacturing company in Federal Circuit Court proceedings alleging underpayment of employee entitlements, which were commenced on behalf of a former employee by the union.
    • Acting for a professional services firm in a successful application to the Fair Work Commission seeking orders that an enterprise agreement would not cover it or the transferring employees in circumstances of a transfer of business.
    • Acting as the investigator in respect of a complaint made by the employee of a not-for-profit organisation alleging bullying and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by the employee’s manager.
    • Advising on and acting for a NSW government department in respect of discrimination complaints made to Anti-Discrimination NSW and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
    • Preparing and presenting tailored workplace training covering acceptable workplace behaviour, workplace grievances and EEO to all employees of an Australian-based global travel company.

    Education

    • College of Law, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, 2007
    • University of Newcastle, LL.B., 2006
    • University of Newcastle, BBus, Human Resources and Industrial Relations, 2004

    Admissions

    • High Court of Australia, 2009
    • Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2007
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