8 November Make REEF your 1st call November 8, 2017 By Reef Admin General 0 Membership Services Director Greg Paterson recalls the moment 20 years ago that he came to realise just how important REEF's services are to real estate employers. "Twenty years ago, I’d check the industrial law hearing lists every day in the paper. One day a particular matter before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission caught my eye because it involved a REEF member agency. The member hadn’t contacted REEF to discuss the matter, so I knew nothing about the circumstances he was confronting. I wandered down to the hearing and introduced myself to the member – let’s call him Rob. Rob was facing an unfair dismissal claim. He had engaged Senior Counsel to represent him at a cost of $3000 a day. The ex-employee was seeking the maximum compensation of six months’ salary. Upon talking with Rob it was immediately apparent to me that a jurisdictional argument could be raised. Rob’s Senior Counsel, who didn’t specialise in industrial law, wasn’t aware of the jurisdictional matter but after raising the argument the proceedings headed in a completely different direction and the matter was settled in the amount of two weeks’ pay. I asked Rob why he’d engaged Senior Counsel at $3000 per day when REEF provides an advocacy service at no charge. Turns out that while he knew REEF represented the interests of the entire industry, he didn’t know we provided advocacy assistance to individual members confronting employment problems. The lesson? Always call REEF first. We can provide you with qualified, professional and cost-effective advice about how to best deal with employment claims from employees or ex- employees. And, if necessary, we can represent you before the relevant industrial tribunal." GREG PATERSON Membership Services Director Related REEF President gives 2017 annual report at AGM At the recent AGM, REEF President Fred Andriessen presented his annual report and provided a snapshot of just some of the activities REEF has been involved in over the course of 2017. REEF President gives annual report at AGM At the recent AGM, REEF President Fred Andriessen presented his first annual report to members and shared some of REEF's big wins during 2016. A message from the CEO: Why REEF is ahead of the pack Do a quick Google search and you'll quickly find a long list of employment advisors out there who want to help you – for a hefty fee! – should you find yourself in hot water. But not all advisors are created equal. Advocacy: REEF has your back when it comes to claims If you ever find yourself confronted with a workplace-based claim, REEF is on hand to help and will work with you every step of the way – and our advocacy service has been in high demand in recent times. Keeping post-employment restraints intact Enforcing a post-employment restraint can be extremely complex – and expensive! Matthew Robinson provides tips to help members through the process and maximise their chances of success. REEF Treasurer presents financial statements at AGM REEF's audited financial statements for 2016 were presented by Treasurer Paul Byrne at the recent AGM, outlining the achievement of a small surplus. Comments are closed.