How long will my work claim take to be resolved?
You will receive a quote within 24 hours of submitting your enquiry, and you can partner with your lawyer to commence resolving your matter as early as the next day if you choose. If your work claim relates to the dismissal of your employment an unfair dismissal or general protections application must be lodged within 21 days of your dismissal, and the sooner the better to reduce your loss. The Fair Work Commission will then set a time for your matter to be conciliated via telephone, usually within a fortnight of the application being lodged. Conciliations generally take around 90 minutes and the objective is to resolve your work claim during that time. If a settlement can be reached your claim could be resolved within 7 days of the conciliation date.
I think I have a work claim but I’m not sure and I have other things on my mind, what should I do?
If you have been dismissed you only have 21 days from the date of dismissal to commence an unfair dismissal or general protections application (except in exceptional circumstances). If you think you have a work claim the best thing to do is take the eligibility quiz or submit an enquiry so that you know where you stand. You can always save and return to your enquiry later. The most important thing is to reduce your loss by taking action quickly – partnering with a R123 lawyer means you can continue to concentrate on what is most important to you and let your lawyer protect your work rights.
I think taking action will be too stressful.
Having your work rights breached is one of the most stressful things that can happen to a person. It feels deeply personal and puts your ability to earn a living at risk. R123 aims to reduce the stress you are feeling my empowering you with information about whether you have a work claim, helping you build your evidence and matching you with a lawyer who will provide an upfront fixed fee quote, give you advice on your prospects of success and explain the process to you. Your lawyer will become your trusted advisor, they will represent your interests and advocate on your behalf thereby reducing your stress and helping you get back on your feet.
How much will it cost?
Our experienced workplace lawyers are able to provide legal services at around 1/3 the cost of what you might expect to pay an equally experienced workplace lawyer in traditional practice. This is because we have eradicated the billable hour, we provide value based fixed fee quotes and we have cut out the fat associated with traditional legal practice (fancy office spaces etc). You will receive a free, fixed fee quote within 24 hours of submitting your enquiry. You can then make a time to have an obligation free phone call with a lawyer. At R123 we aim to put employment law advice within cost reach of every employee, without compromising on quality.
What financial remedy can I expect if I commence an application?
Your lawyer will advise you on the likely remedy range available to you based on the particular factors relevant to your claim e.g. age, length of service, harshness etc during your obligation free phone call.
I am concerned about my employer damaging my professional reputation.
The best way to manage the risk of your employer disparaging you is through a non-disparagement agreement – this is standard in the Fair Work Commission terms of settlement and means that your employer cannot say or do anything that could cause harm to you and your reputation. If you commence an application and it is conciliated, the conciliation is confidential and if your work claim can be resolved at this stage, the terms of settlement are also confidential. Terms of settlement often include an agreement to refer to the dismissal of employment as a resignation, an obligation on your employer to provide a statement of service; to keep all matters relating to the application and settlement confidential; and not to disparage you in any way.