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IS YOUR MANAGEMENT STYLE IN QUESTION? - This Woman Can

Women who hold a position of power within a company are perceived very differently to men who hold similar positions. While women don’t get credited for being strong or robust, they usually face critical slurs such as being overbearing and emotional. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Bianca Mazzarella explores industry stereotypes and the need for employers

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Can corporate egg freezing policies solve gender inequality? - HRM Online

Holding off motherhood to focus on one’s career is an extremely personal choice for women. So what happens when employers begin to play a part? McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell addresses the implications of employers paying for female workers to freeze their eggs in the article below. Can corporate egg freezing policies solve gender

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'There can be no winners': The consequences of sleeping with my boss - Sydney Morning Herald

Sleeping with your boss may or may not cross your mind, but if does, it seems you are not alone. Dating for marrieds’ website AshleyMadison.com had a staggering 6.6 per cent of members admit they would sleep with their supervisor. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell comments that while such cases are unfortunate, there is

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Small businesses warned not to let their workers foot the bill for work Christmas parties - SmartCompany

With one in six Australian businesses set to spend more than $10,000 on Christmas events this year, how much of the associated costs can employees be expected to cover? McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock highlights the rights and obligations of employees when it comes to Christmas parties as well as the need for employers

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After the whistle is blown: protecting employees who speak out - The Law Society of NSW

In recent times, a submission to a parliamentary enquiry into whistle-blower protections makes for distressing reading. A former Commonwealth Bank employee blew the whistle on dodgy practices within the bank, along with the aftermath of his disclosures. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell states if an employee exposes wrongdoing by raising concerns and receives disciplinary

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Companies that offer to freeze their employees' eggs risk opening 'Pandora's Box', says Lawyer

Companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google are paying for their female employees to freeze their eggs in order to further their careers without the pressure of having children. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell explores the controversial new policy and how in Australia, this may be difficult to implement in a safe and non-discriminatory

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The Weinstein Scandal: Is your business equipped to deal with sexual harassment? - Dynamic Business

The highly publicised Weinstein Scandal has brought to light the issue of sexual harassment within the workplace. McDonald Murholme’s Senior Associate Trent Hancock gives his advice on what internal policies businesses can adopt to deal with allegations of this nature. See below article for further details. The Weinstein Scandal: Is your business equipped to deal

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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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