March 27, 2020

During difficult times and events – like the recent bushfires or coronavirus pandemic – you may find it difficult to continue to employ your team, as external events force you to make tough decisions.

As I write this, Virgin Australia has just announced it is ‘standing...

March 20, 2020

Whilst the health and safety of all those around us is the most important consideration during these uncertain times, many of you may also be experiencing worry over your employment status, or your responsibilities as an employer, and where you stand legally on this.

On...

March 9, 2020

Our firm has recently experienced an increase in clients who are concerned about the concept of ‘whistleblowing’ and who have approached us for advice regarding their Public Interest Disclosure status (PID status).

Relevantly, whistleblower legislation continues to rem...

September 23, 2019

Employment law can seem overwhelming, particularly if you’re a new business without knowledge or experience of HR. When you’re committing to hiring staff, it’s important to be aware of your rights, their rights, and ultimately, what you need to do to ensure you, they,...

September 10, 2019

You’d have to say that for most of us normal human beings if we have a dispute we become emotional. It might be that we become angry, fearful, resentful, bitter, nervous or even traumatised. It’s rarely a positive emotion that displays when we sense a conflict and loom...

  

It’s always been difficult to obtain clarity on the boundaries between home and work – increasingly so in the 21st century when our lives are becoming increasingly public. When does behaviour that happens out of hours affect the reputation of our workplace and o...

Workplaces must be careful to be properly informed where employee’s privacy is concerned. While surveillance and drug testing is allowable in the workplace in certain circumstances, it must be carried out in accordance with strict guidelines.

Surveillance

Surveillance in...

June 20, 2019

Fair Work Determines National Minimum Wage Increase

The Fair Work Commission has determined that a 3.0% increase of the national minimum wage will take effect for the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. The increase is lower than 2018’s increase of 3.5%. Slow econ...

Employees at the Woolworths Brisbane Liquor Distribution Centre have had the Fair Work Commission set out the interpretation of the public holiday provision in the Woolworths Limited Brisbane Liquor Distribution Centre Enterprise Agreement (the Agreement) after the Nat...

May 27, 2019

There are considerable new legal developments around domestic violence to report this month.

Legal Aid Cross Examination Scheme

In March, the Family Law Act  was amended to include s102NA. Victims have been and are being re-traumatised in the court system by self-represe...

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