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Flexibility in the Workplace: Does it actually work?

Flexible working arrangements have become more and more popular over the years. Traditionally, this was something used by working mothers and carers, but as social norms have evolved, it has become very common for all types of workers to want to adopt flexible working...

Unfair Dismissal and The Fair Work Commission

National Minimum Wage Update   The Fair Work Commission handed down a decision on Friday, 1 June 2018 increasing the National Minimum Wage by 3.5%. This means the National Minimum Wage will increase to $719.20 per week or $18.93 per hour and comes into effect on 1...

Are your employment contracts ‘comic’ enough?

Ordinarily, there is nothing very comic about legal contracts. In particular, employment contracts can be long, difficult to understand and full of legalese. As a way of tackling this, there is an emerging trend to think outside the box when it comes to contract law...

Legal Representation in The Fair Work Commission

If your business has a matter before the Fair Work Commission (“FWC”) you may automatically think that the legal representation in which you engage has the right to appear on your behalf. However, this is not the case. The issue of legal representation before the FWC...

Employer’s Duty of Care – How far does it go?

We hear the words “duty of care” used commonly but in terms of an employment relationship, what does this really mean for employers and how far does the duty really go?  By way of introduction, there are a number of duties that are owed by an employer to an employee....

Legal Update – Jan – March

Quarterly Case Law Round-up and Learnings for Employers There have been a number of interesting and noteworthy cases determined by our judiciary in the employment law space in the last quarter. In this legal briefing we provide an overview of two significant cases....

Are Your Employees’ Personal Lives, Company Business?

In light of the recent exhaustive and intrusive media coverage about The Honourable Barnaby Joyce MP’s affair with his staffer, the question that should be asked is whether the personal life of an employee is something with which the employer should be concerned or...

What to do in the Case of a Serious Accident at Work

Employers are required to ensure the work health and safety of workers while at work. Not only is work health and safety within the workplace a legal requirement for employers, but workplace injuries can have a significant impact on a business and severe consequences...

Should I Be Getting Paid for This?

Unpaid internships are increasingly becoming the default way of beginning a professional career in Australia. Last May, we wrote about the increased use of volunteer and unpaid workers by employers and the potential legal issues surrounding the use of unpaid work...

Quarterly Round-Up of Legal Developments in Employment Law

There have been a number of interesting legal matters heard by our judicial system within the employment law area in the last quarter. In this legal briefing, we provide an overview of two informative and instructive cases for employers, each dealing with their own...