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Memberships

Amy is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and is able to practice in all Australian jurisdictions.

Education

Amy completed her combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree at UNSW in 2013 with distinction.

Awards
  • 2022 – “Financial Services” winner, Lawyers Weekly “30 under 30”
  • 2022 – Australasian Lawyer Most Influential Lawyers List
  • 2021 “Special Counsel of the Year”, Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards (and an “Excellence” Award finalist, featuring the top ten winners across all categories).
  • 2020 & 2021 – “Workplace Health & Safety” winner, Lawyers Weekly “30 under 30”
  • 2020 – Recommended Labour & Employment Lawyer, Asia Pacific Legal 500
  • 2020 – Australasian Lawyer “Rising Star”
  • 2020 – Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards “Special Counsel of the Year”
  • 2016 & 2017 – “Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety” winner, Lawyers Weekly “30 under 30”
  • 2016 – “Dispute Resolution” winner, Lawyers Weekly “30 under 30”
Publications
  • AHRI HRM Magazine, June 2022 – Not Leadership Material
  • HRM Online, 31 March 2022 – Firing an employee on the spot? These are your legal duties when issuing a summary dismissal
  • AHRI HR Monthly, March 2022 – Could a demotion count as a dismissal?
  • HRM Online, December 2021 – Losing staff to the Great Resignation. Here are your legal obligations.
  • HRM Online, December 2021 – 7 legal cases for HR to keep an eye on in 2022.
  • HRD Magazine, November 2021 – Preparing for Omicron: 6 steps for rolling out a vaccine mandate policy.
  • AHRI HR Online, November 2021 – Two legal experts answer HR’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate questions.
  • AHRI HR Monthly, September 2021 – Veering off track – How should employers manage performance issues remotely? A legal expert weighs in.
  • HRM Online, September 2021 – Things to keep in mind during virtual performance management.
  • Business Insider, September 2021 – NSW hospitality businesses need more clarity on vaccine mandate to ease ‘uncertainty’ around reopening, a legal expert says.
  • AHRI HR Monthly, June 2021 – Digging into the past – does your pre-employment screening contravene privacy laws?
  • Inside HR, December 2020 – Major WHS Reform in Western Australia.
  • Lawyers Weekly, December 2020 – Can law firms mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for employees?
  • Inside HR, October 2020 – Another state criminalises wage theft.
  • Inside HR, July 2020 – The new criminal law targeting wage theft.
  • Inside HR, June 2020 – WHS, performance management and termination considerations for long-term remote working.
  • Inside HR, April 2020 – What the AHRC report on sexual harassment means for your business.
  • Inside HR, January 2020 – HR emergency essentials: 8 rights and obligations when an emergency strikes.
  • Inside HR, July 2019 – Do your pre-employment checks contravene privacy laws?
  • Inside HR, May 2019 – Workplace romances: do you need love contracts & non-fraternisation policies?
  • Inside HR, March 2019 – 12 questions HR should ask before initiating a workplace investigation.
  • Inside HR, December 2018 – The role of power imbalance and consent in sexual harassment.
Harmers Workplace Lawyers

Amy Zhang

Executive Counsel & Team Leader
Phone
+61 292 6743 22
E-mail
amy.zhang@harmers.com.au
Address
31 Market Street
(Level 27 St Martins Tower)
NSW 2000
Sydney
Australia
+61 292 674 322
https://www.harmers.com.au/
Languages
English, Chinese (Mandarin)

Amy is a multi-award winning senior lawyer at Harmers Workplace Lawyers.

Amy completed her combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree at the University of New South Wales in 2013 with distinction.

Amy joined Harmers Workplace Lawyers in 2012 as a summer law clerk and has remained with Harmers since then in various legal roles. Prior to joining Harmers, Amy volunteered extensively for organisations such as Toongabbie Legal Centre, the Australian Human Rights Centre and the Students Legal Education Group. Amy was also Managing Student Editor of the Human Rights Defender Magazine, as well as the recipient of the Merit Scholar Award and Alumni Prize during her time at university.

Amy works across all of the firm’s practice areas, and has experience in areas including complex litigation, restraint of trade, sexual harassment, discrimination, regulatory investigations and prosecutions, WHS, performance management, terminations, redundancies, contract, policy and enterprise agreement review and drafting, modern award interpretation, unfair dismissal and adverse action. Amy acts for corporate, government, not for profit and individual clients.

Amy is a regular commentator and contributor to industry publications and the media on employment law and law reform. Amy has also lectured for the University of Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney on legal research.

Amy also sits on the L&E Global board.

Publications from Australia