FWC taps Maurice Blackburn principal as new deputy president

Alexandra Grayson has been involved in a variety of the commission's cases over several years

FWC taps Maurice Blackburn principal as new deputy president

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has named Maurice Blackburn principal Alexandra Grayson as its new deputy president.

“[Grayson] has a tremendous record as a lawyer representing hundreds of employees every year. She is keenly aware of the challenges that employees face when disputes arise and the need to ensure they get a fair hearing”, Maurice Blackbirn CEO Jacob Varghese said of the appointment.

Grayson has long championed workplace equality, and has often contributed to the Respect@Work Inquiry. She has also advised on proposed statutory changes in relation to religious discrimination in schools, the firm said.

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She has worked with the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, and has served as national industrial officer for the Finance Sector Union. Presently, she chairs the operations committee of superannuation business Hostplus, in addition to being an independent director.

Grayson first became part of Maurice Blackburn’s team in 2015. Working with the employment law team, she has been involved in a variety of FWC cases, such as those related to National Employment Standards, awards, enterprise agreements, industrial action, minimum wages, equal remuneration, dismissals and bullying.

“Alex’s reputation and industry recognition are demonstrated by her industry awards and her repeated recognition by Doyle’s Guide as one of Australia and NSW’s preeminent employment and industrial lawyers. She is the equal highest ranked employee focused female workplace lawyer in Australia”, Varghese added.

Grayson is expected to bolster the FWC’s work through her wealth of technical knowledge.

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