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IGA store slammed for mismanagement, ordered to pay worker $13,400 after taking too long to reject leave application - SmartCompany

A Sydney IGA store has been ordered to pay a former employee $13,400 for serious mismanagement as it took the business more than two months to reject an employee’s annual leave. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock, says even if a company has communicated expectations around leave policies, it is not up to the employee

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Union stoush could lead a boycott of Paddle Pops this summer - SmartCompany

In the midst of an enterprise bargaining agreement dispute the Streets factory workers union, AMWU is encouraging the public to boycott ice-cream products this summer such as Paddle Pops and Golden Gaytimes. McDonald Murholme, Managing Director Alan McDonald, discusses the role social media will play in promoting a public boycott. See below article for more

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The new normal, tattoos in the office - Sydney Morning Herald

Employees working in the corporate sector would be familiar with the growing rise of tattoos as they themselves or colleagues would be sporting them on many occasions. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Bianca Mazzarella, comments on the need for employers to tread carefully when implementing workplace policies and to ensure they are not discriminative. The new

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United Or Divided: When The Views Of Your Company Aren’t Shared By Your Employees - Dynamic Business

You may have been told once before that it is not polite to discuss religion or politics at the dinner table, but what about at work? McDonald Murholme Senior Associate, Trent Hancock, talks to Dynamic Business about the implications of adverse action on employees for expressing their political opinion. See below article for more information

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Dismissal of contractor for opposing same-sex marriage 'unlawful', experts say - Australian Financial Review

An ACT contractor has been dismissed after openly opposing same-sex marriage on social media. McDonald Murholme Managing Director, Alan McDonald, highlights that protections for political opinion under that Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) only covers employees, but they could still apply if the person’s working relationship is deemed to have the characteristics of employment. See

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Virtual assistants: Mumpreneurs’ Secret Weapon

Working from home is on the rise as mumpreneurs wish to maintain the balance of working life and family life. Most popularly, mumpreneurs are turning to hiring a virtual assistant for an extra pair of hands. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Bianca Mazzarella explains the difference between a virtual worker to that of an employee. Virtual assistants: Mumpreneurs’ Secret Weapon

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R U OK? Day

Smile; Be kind; Look out; Listen without judgement; Would you say something? Then start a conversation and ask, R U OK? Australians will gather together on Thursday 14th September to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question that is the heart to suicide prevention, R U OK? The Australian Bureau of Statistics

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Melbourne labour-hire operator cops maximum Fair Work penalty after using worker’s pay for down payment on premium Peugeot - SmartCompany

A Melbourne labour-hire operator failed to pay a foreign worker for 3 months of work. The operator used the employee’s wages to purchase a Peugeot instead. Managing Director Alan McDonald says referring the case to CDPP shows the judge is clearly trying to send a message that they don’t want these cases coming through the

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Why you need to get out of the CEO ivory tower - CEO Magazine

CEO’s are paid to make the tough decisions for the business but what if your employees were the ones with all the good ideas but too afraid to speak up? McDonald Murholme Principal, Andrew Jewell, says policies are important as they empower staff to have the confidence to speak up when concerned about workplace issues.

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Lawyers show mental health matters as much as business - Lawyers Weekly

Growing awareness for mental health research and support services is a leading priority in the Australian Legal Industry. McDonald Murholme Principal, Andrew Jewell, has witnessed first-hand the prevalence of stress and anxiety among his clients and is leading change to further research. See below article for more information. Lawyers show mental health matters as much

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Worker receives $13,000 in compensation for unjust dismissal after her shifts were cut by 75% - SmartCompany

An employee at a Sydney RSL will receive more than $13000 in compensation after she was found to have been constructively dismissed from her role. Senior Associate Trent Hancock says constructive dismissals can occur when an employee has resigned but “has been forced to do so because of conduct, or a course of conduct engaged

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Making Work A Positive Experience For Mums

Creating a positive working experience for new mothers returning to work starts with knowing your rights. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate, Bianca Mazzarella, highlights the importance of knowing your right to flexible working arrangements such as a change of hours, change in patterns of work such as ‘split-shifts’ or a change of location of work See

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McDonald Murholme proudly supports beyondblue

MEDIA RELEASE McDonald Murholme is proud to announce its support for beyondblue in the pursuit of raising valuable awareness for anxiety, depression, and suicide. McDonald Murholme will donate $1 from every new client appointment over the next 12 months to beyondblue. McDonald Murholme is Melbourne’s leading employment law firm with a continually expanding client base

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Woolworths ordered to pay injured worker $230,000 in compensation after four-year long legal battle - SmartCompany

Woolworths supermarkets has been ordered to pay a former worker $231,000 in compensation after he appealed a court decision relating to a shoulder injury he sustained while working. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald comments on the need for businesses to be regularly audited by external safety advisors so process issues are caught early. See

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Can you extend an employee’s probationary period? - SEEK insight and resources

Employee’s  beginning a new role will usually be set a probationary period of three or six months. This allows both parties to decide whether the employee is suited to the position. Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell comments on the legality surrounding probation periods and the barriers employers will face if choosing to extend an employee’s probationary period.

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Former first aid manager reveals 'widespread' OHS problems at James Packer's Crown Resorts - Australian Financial Review

Former first aid manager at Crown Casino, Audrey Gatt is alleging that staff were told to ignore a domestic violence incident and another where a chef was left with serious burns. Ms Gatt had also made more than 20 occupational health and safety complaints in her five months of service before her dismissal. McDonald Murholme

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Former 7-Eleven operator penalised $168,000 for underpaying workers after judge finds “deliberate disregard” for correct entitlements – SmartCompany

A former 7-Eleven store operator has been penalised $168,000 for underpaying eight staff to increase company profit, not in result of cash flow issues. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Bianca Mazzarella contends that even if a company is struggling financially, it is not an excuse to disregard Fair Work laws. See below article for further details.

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Spanish Airline Asked Flight Attendant Applicants To Take Pregnancy Test - Marie Claire

Spanish Health Minister, Dolors Montserrat has criticised Iberia Airlines for inappropriate pre-employment tests for women. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate, Bianca Mazzarella discusses women’s workplace rights when faced with gender discrimination. See below article for more information. Spanish Airline Asked Flight Attendant Applicants To Take Pregnancy Test A Spanish airline has been hit with a hefty

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4 Ways To Create The Perfect Work Environment – MyDeal.com.au

The perfect work environment is created not only through aesthetics, but also ensuring clear internal policies to create a safe working environment. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate, Bianca Mazzarella talks to mydeal.com.au about the importance of transparency and a safe working environment. See below article for more information. 4 Ways To Create The Perfect Work Environment  There

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6 Ways To Create The Perfect Work/Life Balance – MyDeal.com.au

The modern workplace can be a stressful place for employees, who can feel increasing pressure to remain connected and work until late at night. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell discusses an employee’s right to take time off, to help achieve a healthy work/life balance. See below article for further details. 6 Ways To Create

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