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Rick Catanzariti

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Employment Practice


Rick is the Melbourne office team leader for Employment. Rick acts for a large number of public sector clients in the broad area of workplace relations, discrimination, employment and occupational health and safety (OHS). Rick intimately understands the regulatory system in the public sector. Rick has assisted his clients with industrial relations, employment and discrimination litigation and provided extensive advice about management of employee issues. Rick has been involved in numerous significant industrial disputes in the public sector and regularly appears in the former Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) and in Fair Work Australia. Rick's additional experience in privacy legislation and OHS provides him with a complete understanding of workplace grievances and issues and enables him to bring a holistic solution to these matters. His breadth of knowledge in this area also enables him to bring a strategic focus to regulatory compliance issues. Rick provides advice to a range of clients including public hospitals, tertiary institutions, Victorian and Federal Government departments and entities, private companies in the electricity, manufacturing and labour hire industries. Please refer to link for further details of Rick's expertise and experience:


Supreme Court of Victoria (1993).




Industrial Relations Society of Victoria; Australian Human Resources Institute; Law Institute of Victoria.


Bachelor of Laws, Monash University (1990); Bachelor of Economics (Hons), Monash University (1988).


Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

DLA Piper's team is singled out for its 'great, clear and commercial advice, quick turnaround and hardworking nature' and practice head Nicholas Turner has 'exceptional international employment law experience and is incredibly easy to work with'. Other noteworthy names include Melbourne group head Rick Catanzariti, who has particular expertise with employment elements of large projects and senior associate Clancy King, who 'works unbelievably hard to make sure her clients get the best outcome'. Turner recently led advice to Insurance Australia Group in relation to its contractual arrangements with its IT services provider IBM, handled multiple senior executive exits and related compliance issues for several ASX-listed companies and assisted Link Group with the employment aspects of its international acquisition of Capita Asset Services. Andrew Ball joined EY Law.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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