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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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France gives workers the “right to disconnect”, but is the volume of emails we send the real issue?

The French government has granted workers the right to disconnect after business hours. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald discusses the benefits of this legislation for both employers and employees with Smart Company. See below article for further details. France gives workers the “right to disconnect”, but is the volume of emails we send the

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457 visa changes: Is Australia’s reputation in danger? – HR Monthly

McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald discusses the changes to the 457 visa scheme in Australia. See below article for further details 457 visa changes: Is Australia’s reputation in danger? – HR Monthly Unfair and dangerous to Australia’s global standing, the changes to the 457 visa scheme are not worth the price. The changes to

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Gold Coast radio personality hits out at Southern Cross Austereo over $70,000 unpaid super - News.com

McDonald Murholme Principal lawyer Andrew Jewell discusses what employees should do if they have not received superannuation payment from their employer. See below article for further details Gold Coast radio personality hits out at Southern Cross Austereo over $70,000 unpaid super A HIGH-PROFILE radio host has hit out at her former employer after discovering she

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Why taking a sickie today to enjoy the beach as a heatwave hits Australia is a bad idea - The Advertiser

As a heat wave grips Australia, some employees are feigning illness to enjoy the weather out of their workplace. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald discusses the potential repercussions for those caught out misusing their sick leave. See below article for further details. Why taking a sickie today to enjoy the beach as a heatwave

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Honey Birdette under fire amid staff claims of inappropriate work conditions and sexual harassment – SmartCompany

Former employees of lingerie chain Honey Birdette have demanded the store end its sexist work conditions. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock discusses the inherent sexism of the employee guidelines for Honey Birdette workers with SmartCompany. See below article for further details. Honey Birdette under fire amid staff claims of inappropriate work conditions and sexual

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