Ongoing Legal Services for Rural City of Wangaratta

The Rural City of Wangaratta and HR Legal have worked together since 2015 on workplace relations and safety law matters to achieve results for council.

Whilst initially engaged for individual matters, Dan and the team worked with council to not only resolve these initial matters but to gain an understanding of the longer term strategic goals for the business.

The HR Legal team took their time to understand all of the issues, got to know our leadership team and ensured that as we addressed issues we were also making progress against broader business strategy, in particular our IR strategy.

After the initial engagement, the Rural City of Wangaratta engaged HR Legal on a retainer. For a set monthly fee, this encompasses, not only the provision of legal advice and representation for matters at the Commission, but the provision of industry advice relating to local government employment matters, enterprise agreement interpretation, remuneration classification and training. This enabled Council to cease membership with individual industry bodies, resulting in a saving for Council. The fixed price also enables better budgeting and forecasting of expenses and ease of billing throughout the year.

We now have a streamlined relationship with HR Legal across our business with our People and Culture team, the Leadership team and the Payroll team all quite comfortable to liaise directly with HR Legal on interpretation matters or seeking legal advice. For us it is a great partnership.

Fiona Shanks, Manager People and Culture.