Melanie is regarded for her pragmatic advice and support in a range of issues spanning the employment lifecycle. This includes advising on hiring practices and pre-employment issues, drafting and reviewing workplace policies and employment contracts, providing strategic advice on business restructures and sales, managing performance and misconduct, ensuring compliance with employment and equal opportunity laws, termination of employment, enforcing post-employment obligations and restraints and managing workplace disputes.
Melanie has worked for a diverse range of clients, including in the retail, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, media and advertising and professional services industries, as well as many in the not-for-profit sector. She has also worked with industry regulators to successfully prosecute breaches of workplace laws. Clients appreciate Melanie's clear and strategic advice and approachability.
Before joining Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2019, Melanie was a Senior Associate in Herbert Smith Freehills' Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team. She has also worked on secondment at ANZ as a Senior Employee Relations Advisor and at Binarri-Binyja Yarrawoo Aboriginal Corporate in Kununurra (WA), where she delevoped the organisation's corporate governance framework and advised on director remuneration options and stakeholder engagement.
Melanie graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Diploma of Modern Languages (French).
Melanie's practice spans a range of workplace issues, including:
- senior executive engagements, transitions and separations;
- protection of confidential information, intellectual property and enforceability of post-employment restraints;
- compliance with workplace laws;
- conducting and advising on best practice management of workplace investigations and resolution of workplace complaints;
- termination of employment and managing performance, discipline, absenteeism and ill and injured workers;
- workplace policies and procedures;
- strategic workplace planning and change management; and
- advising on the employment implications of business restructures, outsourcings and acquisitions.