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McDonald Murholme wins Wealth and Finance – Best Industrial Law Firm - Victoria

Leading employment law firm, McDonald Murholme has been awarded the esteemed Wealth and Finance – Best Industrial Law Firm – Victoria. The Wealth and Finance Legal Awards recognise legal professionals who are increasingly having to adapt to ever evolving legislation and regulation, and, as a result, are having to constantly update their skills. McDonald Murholme

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Restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse accused of underpaying workers via traineeship arrangement - SmartCompany

Outback steakhouse has been caught paying staff as much as 50% below the award rates, under the guise of a traineeship. McDonald Murholme Lawyer Bianca Mazzarella discusses how business can lawfully use traineeships and prevent the underpayment of workers. See below article for further details. Restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse accused of underpaying workers via traineeship

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“Disgraceful”: Business owner speaks out after Fair Work sides with sacked worker who wrote offensive Facebook post - SmartCompany

The Fair Work Commission has sided with a dismissed employee who wrote an offensive Facebook post. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock speaks to SmartCompany about the procedural deficiencies and lack of social media policies that led to the decision. See below article for more information “Disgraceful”: Business owner speaks out after Fair Work sides

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George Calombaris “devastated”, repays workers $2.6 million after “poor processes” lead to underpayment - SmartCompany

George Calombaris repays $2.6 million to over 150 employees after a systematic underpayment. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer, Andrew Jewell talks to SmartCompany about the magnitude of the case creating awareness for employees who may be underpaid. See the article below for further details. George Calombaris “devastated”, repays workers $2.6 million after “poor processes” lead to

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Contractors vs employees: how to know the difference - Shortpress

When startups begin to recruit workers, contracting arrangements are common when assessing the company’s needs.  McDonald Murholme Principal Andrew Jewell discusses the best way for employers to ensure they are not breaking any employment laws when working arrangements change. See below article here if you are interested. Contractors vs employees: how to know the difference

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Fair Work Ombudsman releases app for employees to automatically track time spent at work – SmartCompany

The “Record My Hours” app allows employees to track and record the amount of time they spend at work, registering when they arrive and leave the workplace. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell comments on how the app shouldn’t change a business’ obligations to accurately keep time records. See below article for further details. Fair

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How to make sure you’re not getting ripped off at work – News.com.au

Many employees under 30 years old do not know their workplace rights. McDonald Murholme lawyer Bianca Mazzarella comments on sham contracting and how young workers are getting trapped. See below article for further details. How to make sure you’re not getting ripped off at work – News.com.au IF YOU’RE under 30 and employed in hospitality

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How the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts will affect your business and employees - Dynamic Business

McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald explores how the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts will affect your business and employees. See below article for more details. How the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts will affect your business and employees The Fair Work Commission recently ruled that Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will

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Dating in a healthcare workplace - HealthTimes

Relationships in the workplace can be difficult to navigate. McDonald Murholme Principal Andrew Jewell discusses the potential implications for employees in a relationship in the healthcare sector. See the below article for further details. Dating in a healthcare workplace – HealthTimes What are the risks of a romance in a hospital, practice or clinic setting?

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Mum’s Workplace Rights – The Baby Vine

Many mothers can be unsure of their rights when returning to work after giving birth, fearing potential discrimination for their parental responsibilities.  McDonald Murholme lawyer Bianca Mazzarella discusses the rights of mothers in the workplace. See below article here if you are interested.   Mum’s Workplace Rights – The Baby Vine In this day and

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Deutsche Bank Bonus Cuts: Lessons for SMEs - Dynamic Business

The Deutsche Bank’s bonus cuts have shone a light on the grey area of employee incentive programs within Australia. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock shared important lessons for employers to remember with Dynamic Business. See below article for further details. Deutsche Bank Bonus Cuts: Lessons for SMEs Deutsche Bank of Germany recently decided to

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What it’s really like to have unlimited leave - News.com.au

Notable organisations have adopted a policy of unlimited annual leave, in an attempt to attract quality staff and reward team members. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell discusses the need for employers to be transparent with their employees about their expectations if implementing an unlimited leave policy. See below for further details.   What it’s

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Woolworths to pay $650,000 in workplace injury case: Lessons for other businesses - SmartCompany

A Woolworths employee has been awarded $650,000 after sustaining a workplace injury was incurred for temporary replacement machinery whilst unloading pallets. McDonald Murholme principal Andrew Jewell highlights that businesses should implement proper risk processes for temporary machinery. See below article for further details. Woolworths to pay $650,000 in workplace injury case: Lessons for other businesses

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The Pizza Hut pay scandal goes way beyond fast food - The New Daily

Pizza Hut’s extensive breaches of workplace law and underpayment of employees has put a spotlight on sham contracts. McDonald Murholme Lawyer Bianca Mazzarella chats to the New Daily about the issues extending fair beyond the hospitality industry. See below article for further details. The Pizza Hut pay scandal goes way beyond fast food Young Australians

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Fines for director and former payroll manager of Brisbane business after Fair Work case results in $143,000 in penalties – SmartCompany

A Brisbane based Japanese fine food company has been penalised after the continued underpayment of two workers, despite warnings from the Fair Work Ombudsman. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock discusses the Federal Court’s decision to penalise individuals in the company, as well as repay the underpaid workers. See below article for further details. Fines

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GO HOME, TURN OFF – The Weekend Australian

The Weekend Australian has a chat to McDonald Murholme’s Managing Director Alan McDonald about the advantages of employees disconnecting from emails once they knock off work. See below article for further details. GO HOME, TURN OFF – The Weekend Australian Workplace law firm McDonald Murholme is encouraging Australian managers and employees to follow the French

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Hotel chain to contribute to $313,000 in damages after workplace sexual assault: Lessons for employers - Smart Company

In the wake of QCAT awarding damages for a sexual assault case, Smart Company discusses the importance of explaining workplace policies on work trips with McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock. See below article for further details Hotel chain to contribute to $313,000 in damages after workplace sexual assault: Lessons for employers A hotel chain

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Showpo sues online retailer over claims customer database was misused – SmartCompany

McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald discusses what employers should do to avoid employee transmission of company data with SmartCompany. See below article for further details. Showpo sues online retailer over claims customer database was misused – SmartCompany Former Smart50 finalist Showpo is suing its former graphic designer and online clothing store Black Swallow, alleging

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Courage under firing: The right way to handle redundancies – HR Monthly

McDonald Murholme Principal lawyer Andrew Jewell discusses the legal obligations of employers when it comes to handing out redundancies with HR Monthly. See below article for further details Courage under firing: The right way to handle redundancies – HR Monthly Digital disruption is accelerating the need to not only add new roles to organisations, but

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Make sure your staff expense claims policy is heavy on detail – Smart Company

McDonald Murholme employment lawyer Bianca Mazzarella discusses what businesses should ensure when communicating work expenses to their workers. See below article for further details Make sure your staff expense claims policy is heavy on detail – Smart Company Businesses should ensure detailed policies about how to claim work expenses are communicated to their workers as

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