Articles

Our articles are published by Sarah Stoddart. Sarah writes our articles on changes to legislation, relevant case law and other topics of interest to keep clients informed and up to date.

When Festive Fun Turns to Fire – Protecting Employers from the Legal “Hangover”

When Festive Fun Turns to Fire – Protecting Employers from the Legal “Hangover”

It is that time of year again, when employers reward their employees with a Christmas function and employees get excited about the upcoming social functions. But what will be the cost of the festive fun to the employment relationship? A few drinks can quickly result in a serious legal “hangover” for employers. Employers need to be proactive and take steps to ensure they have the best protection against a potential claim following work related functions.
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Employment Matters – Dismissing An Employee? Be Sure To Tick All Of The Boxes!

Employment Matters – Dismissing An Employee? Be Sure To Tick All Of The Boxes!

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) highlights the importance of ensuring compliance with all relevant factors when dismissing an employee for unsatisfactory performance. The case emphasises that although an employee’s performance may warrant dismissal, failure to advise the employee of the employer’s intentions or to afford the employee the opportunity to have a support person present may result in a successful claim for unfair dismissal.
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Contract Matters

Contract Matters

In a recent Queensland Supreme Court case, it was held that a writte notice served on a franchisee did not validly terminate a franchise agreement because it did not comply with the Franchising Code, despite the Code not being referenced in the agreement. Our article explains why.
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Creating Family Friendly Workplaces

Creating Family Friendly Workplaces

On 28 June 2013, the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 (Cth) received Royal Assent. This article highlights some of the key changes to the legislation including the creation of more family friendly workplaces and the need for genuine consultation with employees with regards to changes to rosters and hours of work.
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