Josh Bornstein is a Principal at Maurice Blackburn, based in Melbourne. He is the head of the firm’s national Employment Law department and is a member of the Maurice Blackburn Board.
Josh has 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer, advising executive and managerial clients throughout Australia, as well as expatriate executives in Asia and Europe. He is available to consult with interstate and international clients by Skype.
Josh is a skilled and strategic litigator with extensive experience regarding: employment contracts, restraint of trade, adverse action, unlawful discrimination, redundancy, disciplinary investigations, workplace bullying, sexual harassment and industrial disputation. Josh aims to resolve cases prior to litigation, and has negotiated numerous substantial out-of-court settlements. In all cases, he is vigilant about the protection of his client’s reputation.
Josh is recognised as the top ranking Australian and Melbourne employment lawyer for employees in Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. His legal achievements are significant:
Josh sits on a number of boards and advocacy groups, and is a highly-regarded and widely published legal commentator. He has contributed extensively to academic and industry journals, and his opinion pieces on employment issues have been published in the mainstream media both nationally and internationally, including the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian, and The Drum. His interest in disciplinary processes is informed by his role as Deputy Chair of a disciplinary tribunal in the horse racing industry. Josh has long been a forceful and effective advocate for reforms to employment laws that will assist employees deal with the challenge of modern workplaces including in the areas of workplace bullying, workplace investigations and superannuation.
Josh is also leading a legal team representing employees with intellectual disabilities who work in Australian Disability Enterprises and who have suffered unlawful discrimination because the wages tool used to determine their wages contravenes the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. In December 2015, an in principle agreement to settle the class action was reached by Maurice Blackburn and the Federal Government.
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