LEGAL SERVICES

AHIG Legal provides legal counsel and advocacy to employers, employees, contractors and individuals.

We specialise in employment and commercial law, working extensively in healthcare, not-for-profit, charitable organisations and commercial enterprise.

Much of our work involves the implementation of preventative strategies and processes that minimise exposure to potential disputes or litigation. When necessary or unavoidable we pursue litigation with vigour. Most importantly, when you talk with us, you will always have direct access to a senior experienced lawyer.

CORPORATE AND EMPLOYMENT ADVICE

AHIG Legal advises on all aspects of corporate and clinical governance in the health, disability, not-for-profit community service and aged care sectors.

We provide trusted counsel in employment law from negotiating and drafting employment contracts, to private practice arrangements, to workplace investigations and terminations. Our work includes:

● Award compliance
● Employee remuneration and salary packaging
● Private practice arrangements and associated visiting medical officer contracts
● Industrial strategy, including drafting and negotiating enterprise agreements
● Employer statutory obligations under commonwealth and state legislation
● Disciplinary processes and workplace investigations
● Termination and suspension of employment
● Business restructuring including redundancies
● Confidentiality and non-compete provisions
● Unlawful discrimination, unlawful termination, harassment and bullying complaints
● Employer sponsored migration (457 visa scheme)
● Draft employment contracts, workplace policies and other guidelines
● Unfair dismissal and adverse action proceedings

When you need advice turn to AHIG Legal.
For a free initial consultation please call (03) 9280 8061 or submit an online query.

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CONTRACTING AND COMMERCIAL ADVICE

AHIG Legal offers a comprehensive understanding of the commercial and business sensitivities unique to the health, disability, not-for-profit and aged care sectors.

We assist with strategic and risk management, drafting and reviewing documentation and due diligence assessments associated with business acquisition. Our work includes:

● Government funding agreements
● Supply contracts
● Partnership agreements
● Rules and constitutions of organisations, associations and charities
● Information technology agreements
● Clinical and non-clinical service agreements
● Leases and licences
● Strategic and risk advice
● Due diligence

When you need advice turn to AHIG Legal.
For a free initial consultation please call (03) 9280 8061 or submit an online query.

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WHS AND OHS STRATEGY AND ADVICE

AHIG Legal assists employers with their duties to ensure employees are well informed about health and safety within the workplace.

Engaging employees and assisting them to make sense of this obligation is essential. Our team supports employers to achieve this through a number of mechanisms including:

● Regular ‘training needs analysis’ to determine whether employees need further training in health and safety
● Guidance in conducting informal safety meetings usually held for a particular task or procedure
● Consultation directly to employees or via representatives elected by their workforce or appointed by a union
● Providing employees with report findings, audits, risk assessments, etc

WHS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

AHIG Legal assists with drafting, developing and implementing WHS policies and procedures. Clear procedures guide managers and employees through the practical application of policies. Importantly, they are also tangible evidence that the organisation has taken reasonable steps to minimise business risks and unlawful practice or behaviour. Our work includes:

● Developing policies and procedures or employee handbooks
● Auditing of existing WHS policies or workplace handbooks/manuals and drafting or vetting as required
● Implementation, communication, training and managing change issues arising from policy changes
● Addressing issues such as possible contractual effect of policies

WHS COMPLIANCE AND ADVICE

AHIG Legal provides sound advice to employers, controllers and self-employed persons to ensure they remain compliant with legislated WHS obligations. Even though the intent of the legislation and the penalties imposed for breaching the Workplace Health and Safety Act are very clear, many organisations struggle to effectively protect their people and their business. Our work includes:

● Detailed WHS audit and reviews
● Identification of risks and best practice recommendations
● Application of WHS legislation, codes and standards apply to an individual business
● Reducing costs which may include negotiating enforceable undertakings
● Practical measures to manage the wellbeing of affected workers/witnesses on site
● Proactive risk management and compliance solutions
● Incident investigations and dealing with regulatory authorities
● Product safety issues
● Workers compensation premium minimisation and audits
● Provision of up to date information, seminars and workshops covering relevant WHS developments

RETURN TO WORK AND WORKERS COMPENSATION MATTERS

AHIG Legal assists employers to correctly undertake due process further to work-related injury or illness; including successful return to work programs. When someone reports an injury or illness they believe is work related, it is essential that businesses respond in a caring and supportive manner. Most work-related injuries and associated workers compensation claims resolve quickly. However, some can become protracted issues requiring significant organisational attention and resources. AHIG Legal provides:

● Advice and support for significant cases, including development of return to work strategies
● Review and development of procedures for effective management of claims
● Advanced modelling, forecasting and reduction strategies

When you need advice turn to AHIG Legal.
For a free initial consultation please call (03) 9280 8061 or submit an online query.

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WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS AND TRIBUNALS

AHIG Legal assists with workplace investigations and the resolution of commercial, staffing and regulatory issues before they become a formal dispute.

Our extensive understanding of the environment in which our clients operate allows AHIG Legal to act as independent workplace investigators, who are impartial arbitrators that can resolve complex matters through either the traditional litigation or alternative dispute resolution models.

Our team educate and advise on the appropriate processes to be used in managing complex matters requiring investigation. Our work includes:

• Staff complaints regarding alleged bullying and harassment
• Alleged discrimination
• Misconduct or inappropriate behaviour
• Responding to investigations, including those by Medicare Australia, AHPRA and WorkSafe

When you need advice turn to AHIG Legal.
For a free initial consultation please call (03) 9280 8061 or submit an online query.

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INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION

AHIG Legal possesses extensive experience in advice and training in privacy, eHealth, freedom of information and confidentiality.

We are expert in the laws governing information management compliance, data loss and data protection. We understand the complexities of privacy regulation and assist organisations to manage legal, regulatory and operational risk.

Our expertise includes not only data protection, but the complex and often conflicting duties of confidentiality, privilege (legal and non-legal) and related areas. AHIG provides a comprehensive view of information management issues and risk mitigation. Our work includes:

● Responding to requests for information under the multiple legislative processes
● Organisational privacy compliance and risk framework
● Privacy and information management training for staff
● Personal information risk assessments of an organisation’s business processes and high-risk or regulatory sensitive information
● Management of incidents of improper disclosure and identity theft

When you need advice turn to AHIG Legal.
For a free initial consultation please call (03) 9280 8061 or submit an online query.

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LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ADVICE

AHIG Legal provides legislative and regulatory advice in the following areas of law:

● Employment
● Health
● Health professional misconduct
● Aged care
● Government
● Community service
● Workplace health and safety

When you need advice turn to AHIG Legal.
For a free initial consultation please call (03) 9280 8061 or submit an online query.

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POLICY AND PROCESS REVIEW AND DOCUMENTATION

AHIG Legal has developed a range of standard template agreements and policies purpose-built for employers. Our range of agreements for purchase include:

● Employment contracts
● Position descriptions
● Clinical and non-clinical service agreements
● Private practice agreements
● Leases for commercial property (retail and commercial) and licences

Our template policies can be used for single policies, a range of policies or an entire employer policy suite including:

● Privacy and confidentiality
● Intellectual property
● Staff conduct
● Social media
● Bullying and harassment (including discrimination)
● Travel and expense policies
● Grievances and disciplinary matters
● Performance management
● Risk management

We also offer kits to assist employers and managers with specific processes or issues such as:

● Recruitment
● Induction and training of staff
● Privacy
● Work Health Safety processes

When you need advice turn to AHIG Legal.
For a free initial consultation please call (03) 9280 8061 or submit an online query.

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RETURN TO WORK AND WORKERS COMPENSATION

AHIG Legal assists employers to correctly undertake due process further to a work-related injury or illness; including successful return to work.

When someone reports an injury or illness they believe is work related, it is essential that businesses respond in a caring and supportive manner. Most work-related injuries and associated workers compensation claims resolve quickly. However, some can become protracted issues requiring significant organisational attention and resources. AHIG Legal provides:

● Advice and support for significant cases, including development of return to work strategies
● Review and development of procedures for effective management of claims
● Advanced modelling, forecasting and reduction strategies

When you need advice turn to AHIG Legal.
For a free initial consultation please call (03) 9280 8061 or submit an online query.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND MENTORING

AHIG Legal provides corporate governance advice and strategy to boards within healthcare, not-for-profit, charitable organisations and commercial enterprise.

Over the past decade we have assisted over 150 boards with services including:

● Training in corporate and clinical governance
● Development of policies and procedures, including board charters, board policies, delegation manuals etc
● Transmission of business, acquisitions and mergers
● CEO engagement, contracts and terms of employment
● Market based salary and remuneration reviews
● Mentoring of individual board members and executives
● Strategic planning and business development

When you need advice turn to AHIG Legal.
For a free initial consultation please call (03) 9280 8061 or submit an online query.

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