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Demystifying Annual Leave during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Posted on June 03, 2020

Generally, employers may agree at any time to an employee taking annual leave. However, whether an employer can request that an employee…

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Understanding workplace laws during COVID-19 pandemic is critical to avoid future legal headaches

Posted on March 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates globally, businesses are forced to make tough choices regarding staffing, scaling back operations or…

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HO HO HO with NO NO NO claims

Posted on December 10, 2019

As the holidays approach, we take this opportunity to remind employers to familiarise themselves with their workplace policies and to be…

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Dismissing an Employee by Text is not on!

Posted on August 29, 2019

Delivering a DCM (Don’t Come Monday) message to an employee by text message is poor form and the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has confirmed…

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If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...! – sham contracts and the pitfalls of wrongly labelled relationships

Posted on August 15, 2019

Employers and Employees often mistakenly believe that the terms of their contract reflect the true nature of their employment relationship.…

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You don't have to be a Masterchef to slip up!

Posted on August 02, 2019

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recently announced that celebrity Chef George Calombaris’ hospitality empire ‘MAdE Establishment Group’ would…

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Directors found personally liable for breaches of WHS may face hefty penalties and jail time!

Posted on February 13, 2019

In 2018, a number of decisions in Victoria and New South Wales saw an increase in willingness for interstate regulators to pursue company…

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Happy New Year, Happy Penalty! Noodle bar and owner cop massive penalties for underpaying staff

Posted on January 23, 2019

While the rest of us were busy making our 2019 #newyearnewme resolutions, planning our next holiday and getting back into the swing of work…

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All I want for Christmas…is to not be sued! Surviving the work Christmas function 

Posted on December 12, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The weather is warm and the celebrations are nigh. Employees are hanging out for the end of…

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The fatal attraction of a ‘casual fling’ and when it all goes wrong

Posted on September 21, 2018

In a recent decision of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 the Full Court of the Federal Court has found that a casual employee, who…

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