Melanie Morris

Senior Associate

Melanie is a senior associate at Gilshenan and Luton and practices in the area of employment law, administrative law and occupational disciplinary law. Prior to practicing in these areas, Melanie also practiced in criminal law and misconduct law.

Melanie represents clients in all aspects of employment law including:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Redundancy
  • Discrimination
  • Workplace bullying
  • Contract disputes
  • Restraint of trade
  • Award breaches
  • Adverse action
  • General protections

Melanie has a particular interest in occupational disciplinary law and regularly represents a variety of clients employed in professional occupations to respond to disciplinary allegations by their regulatory bodies. Her clients include members of the health profession, legal profession, teachers and police officers to name but a few.

Melanie has presented to the legal profession on various topics. She is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Occupational Discipline Committee which meets regularly to review and comment on law and policy affecting professionals or occupations with a regulatory body. Melanie is also a member of:

  • The Medico-Legal Society; and
  • The Women Lawyer Association of Queensland.

Melanie is married and has two young children. Outside her work, her interests include music, art and tennis.

Recent articles by Melanie

New casual employee definition inserted into the Fair Work Act

The impact of the casual employee definition for employers and employees

On 4 August 2021 the High Court finally delivered its decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato & Ors, bringing clarity to the meaning of ‘casual employee’.
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The primary steps to making your enterprise agreement

How do you make an enterprise agreement?

Enterprise agreements are a popular tool for many employees, employers and unions, to set in place a legally binding set of employment standards, entitlements and protections. In this article, we look at the primary steps required to create an enterprise agreement.
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General protections claims as a result of dismissal due to adverse action

General protections claims involving dismissal/termination of employment

All employees have general protections under workplace laws in Australia. In this article, we look at the process for lodging a general protections claim if you have been dismissed due to adverse action.
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