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Mediation Employment Relations Services

At MERS, we provide Industrial Relations and Human Resource Services to both employers and employees and believe this delivers a more objective model in providing advice and is consistent with our objective to remain neutral.

MERS Services include:

  • mediation and dispute resolution
  • investigations into allegation of workplace harassment
  • preparation and negotiation of Enterprise Agreements
  • appearances in the Fair Work Commission and Equal Opportunity Commission; Industrial Relations Commission and Court regarding unfair dismissals, monetary claims, minimum wage cases and similar
  • developing Enterprise Agreements which comply with legislation
  • resolving industrial relations matters including staff grievances
  • conflict management
  • equal opportunity employment obligations
  • superannuation
  • work health and safety
  • advice on restructuring and redundancy arrangements
  • providing advice and advocacy for underpayment of wages
  • unfair dismissal claims.

We can liaise on your behalf with employers, employees, unions, Fair Work Commission, the Fair Work Ombudsman and other parties.

Workplace agreements and advocacy is an evolving and potentially confusing area and, prior to entering into agreements with workers, contractors or sub-contractors, you should obtain qualified advice. Contact us to learn more about this system and how it affects your business, together with information about the National Employment Standards (NES).


We help workplaces by providing an independent investigation service into allegations of inappropriate conduct. This is valuable to explore cultural issues, the bona fides of the allegations and to establish when claims have merit.

Contact MERS on 08 8331 2422, email  or, Click here for more information.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers

As Australia’s industrial relations system enters a new regime, an informed approach to the management of industrial relations (IR) and human resources (HR) is critical. We provide advice across all areas of employment law including award employees, labour hire and contractors, senior management and executive employment. We provide our clients with tailored advice and training to ensure compliance with minimum standards in relation to bargaining and agreement making, modernised awards, the expanding area of workplace rights and interaction with industrial organisations.

Our IR and HR lawyers are available 24 hours/7 days a week to provide legal advice. The most common need for this service arises in relation to potential or actual industrial action, requiring immediate access to witnesses in order to prepare statements, relevant documentation and instructions for urgent hearings. This need may also arise in cases involving allegations of serious employee misconduct including assault, fraud, bullying, alcohol or drug use, or damage to property.

For further information on how we can assist, contact Fiona Lee, Special Counsel on +61 8 8415 9877 or email