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John Monroe

Senior Associate
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Monroe is a lawyer in the Labour, Employment and Workplace Safety team in our Melbourne office. He acts in employment, industrial and discrimination matters for a broad cross-section of employers, with particular experience in the healthcare, sporting, fitness, education, research, government and manufacturing sectors.

With a passion for industrial disputes, Mr. Monroe regularly  works with employers to manage industrial matters such enterprise bargaining, industrial action, collective entitlements claims, implementing workplace change and enterprise agreement disputes.

Mr Monroe also represents clients in a wide range of litigation, including the defense of general protections, unfair dismissal, unpaid entitlements, discrimination and anti-bullying claims, and in responding to investigations by regulators such as the Fair Work Ombudsman.

He is able to provide practical and timely advice regarding performance management, ill and injured workers and non-competition. Mr Monroe is also skilled at dealing with complex questions of award coverage, having acted for several representative organisations in the four yearly review of modern award.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Volunteer, WEstJustice, Western Community Legal Service
  • Successfully defending a major Victorian hospital in a protracted general protections trial of claims of adverse action and bullying following highly publicised complaints against the hospital's management.
  • The successful defence and settlement of multiple union enterprise agreement disputes and underpayment claims brought against a glass manufacturer during the course of enterprise bargaining.
  • Representing a fitness industry franchisor and its 13 franchisees in the concurrent response to an ongoing Fair Work Ombudsman investigation, defence and settlement of substantial union claims of enterprise agreement breaches and the negotiation of a single enterprise agreement covering all franchisees.
  • Successfully defending a Victorian tertiary institution in a long-running dispute regarding the redundancy of a high level executive, including in internal appeal procedures and Fair Work Commission proceedings.
  • Acting for several national sporting organisations, and 41 medical research institutes, in their strategic approach to the 4-yearly modern award review, including conducting steering committees of members, drafting proposals and responding to union applications.
  • Providing advice to a federal agency on the prospects of litigation against a registered employee organisation dealing with allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds.
  • Assisting a Victorian utilities agency in negotiations for a new enterprise agreement, including their response to a protected action ballot order and the successful conciliation of multiple disputes regarding the terms of the agreement before the Fair Work Commission.
  • Successfully defending a Victorian emergency services provider against claims of procedural unfairness in disciplinary and performance investigations.
  • Assisting in the defense of charges of breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic), including in its bullying jurisdiction.
  • Advising international corporate groups on redundancy, long service leave and other entitlements.