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McDonald’s franchise owner fined $65,000 for employee oil spill – HC Online

McDonald Murholme lawyer Francessca Lee comments that the incident at McDonald’s serves as a lesson for employers to ensure employee safety at work. See below article for further details. McDonald’s franchise owner fined $65,000 for employee oil spill A McDonald’s franchisee has been slapped with $65,000 in fines and costs after a workplace accident left an

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The perils of social media for employees - The Age

Employees can face consequences for their behaviour on social media, even if the account is private. McDonald Murholme senior associate Trent Hancock discusses the reputational harm that a social media post may cause an employer. See below article for further detail The perils of social media for employees An employee’s behaviour outside work can also

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What employers should learn from the Dick Smith collapse – HC Online

Dick Smith’s collapse sets off alarm bells for employers. McDonald Murholme Principal lawyer Andrew Jewell comments that businesses should be aware of their redundancy obligations. See below article for further details. What employers should learn from the Dick Smith collapse The collapse of retail giant Dick Smith should serve as a timely reminder for employers

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What to do when your boss is under ASIC investigation – HC Online

An investigation is a common occurrence within the workplace, however they become more serious when ASIC becomes involved. McDonald Murholme principal lawyer Andrew Jewell comments on the best ways for HR professionals to respond to an ASIC investigation. See below article for further details.   What to do when your boss is under ASIC investigation

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Repair not replacement – what the proposed Fair Work Act changes mean for you - HC Online

The Productivity Commission report identifies that the workplace relations system is in need of repair, not replacement. McDonald Murholme managing director Alan McDonald comments on impact the proposed changes to the Fair Work Act will have on employers.   Repair not replacement – what the proposed Fair Work Act changes mean for you by Alan

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Accounting firm facing court for alleged involvement in underpaying two backpackers – The Smart Company

Legal action has commenced against an accounting firm for its alleged involvement in the underpayment of two foreign workers. McDonald Murholme Principal lawyer Andrew Jewell discusses the implications for businesses offering legal advice to SMEs. See below article for further details.   Accounting firm facing court for alleged involvement in underpaying two backpackers – The Smart

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Coles ordered to pay $280,000 to compensate injured customer - SmartCompany

Coles ordered to pay $280,000 in compensation after a customer slips and injures ankle. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald comments emphasising that the customer had to fight harder for compensation because Coles alleged she should have avoided the small puddle of water. See below article for further details. Coles ordered to pay customer $280,000

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The price of changing conventions in public employee free speech – The Mandarin

The conflicting cases of Morrison, Gaynor and Shindy have shown the problem with publicising personal opinion in the public sector. McDonald Murholme managing director Alan McDonald discusses the issue of free speech for public sector employees. See below article for further details.   The price of changing conventions in public employee free speech – The

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‘Position descriptions, policies and procedures – do they still matter?’ – HC Online

Position descriptions, policies and procedures – do they still matter? McDonald Murholme managing director Alan McDonald discusses the increased need for clear and concise HR policies and procedures in the workplace with HC Online. See below article for further details. Position descriptions, policies and procedures – do they still matter? by Alan McDonald, Managing Director of

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Can you legally refuse to hire a criminal? – HC Online

The General Protection provisions of the Federal Fair Work Act may not protect people from discrimination based on previous criminal conviction- however, there are other laws that can protect an employee. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock comments on what laws protect those who have been discriminated against based on their criminal history. See below

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What a sham: Are you doing the wrong thing? – Workplace Info

Large companies recently caught for not paying contractors their lawful entitlements. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald discusses employee shamming from an employer’s perspective. See below article for further details. What a sham: Are you doing the wrong thing? Sham contracting is again in the spotlight, with Myer and Pizza Hut both recently busted for

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'Windfall' no bar to awarding applicants penalties: Full Court - Workforce Daily

A Full Federal Court has reaffirmed a long standing principal of successful applicants under the Fair Work Act receiving any penalties. McDonald Murholme managing director Alan McDonald comments on this decision, reiterating that whether such payments represented a ‘windfall’ was not relevant to the courts’ consideration. See below article for further details. ‘Windfall’ no bar

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Tattoos in the workplace – what the lawyers say - HC Online

McDonald Murholme lawyer Francessca Lee comments on tattoos in the workplace, discrimination, dress code policies and whether body ink is beginning to be accepted into the corporate world. See below article for further details. Tattoos in the workplace – what the lawyers say HC Online sits down with Francessca Lee, Employment Lawyer with McDonald Murholme to

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Back to work after baby – Business Chicks

A recent study by La Trobe University has brought some startling statistics to light stressing that women need more support in the workplace to deal with the hectic juggling act of motherhood and career. McDonald Murholme lawyer Bianca Mazzarella weighs in discussing the legal rights protecting working mums from adverse action taken against them by

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‘All in a twitter – spotlight on employee social media use’- HC Online

Recent events have shown there are different social media rules for public versus private sector employees. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Andrew Jewell comments on Australian navy’s most senior Muslim officer Mona Shindy’s use of social media and what it means for Government sector employees. See below article for further details. All in a twitter –

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‘Lawyers say sacked traders must prove ANZ Bank condoned toxic culture’ – Australian Financial Review

Claims of a toxic culture within ANZ have been labelled weak, and a publicity stunt aimed at getting multimillion-dollar settlements. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald provides commentary on the sensational claims of sacked ANZ traders. See below article for further details.   ‘Lawyers say sacked traders must prove ANZ Bank condoned toxic culture’ – Australian

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A lawyer’s first duty isn’t to shareholders – Lawyers Weekly

The interests of Slater and Gordon’s shareholders and lawyers could be in conflict as their lawyers are obligated to uphold the law, not merely comply.  McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald weighs in discussing the conflict between this paramount duty and a lawyer’s duty to his or her client. See below article for further details.

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Obstetricians in trainee pregnancy row - The Australian

Obstetricians in trainee pregnancy row Obstetricians and workplace lawyers are outraged that a national medical conference next month will debate whether all female ­obstetrics and gynaecology registrars should be offered a five-year birth control device to ensure they do not get pregnant while undertaking their specialist training. One obstetrician, who did not want to be

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Companies providing MCG cleaning services to be dragged to court for allegedly underpaying workers $37,000 – Smart Company

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against a multi-national company that provides cleaning services to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, for allegedly underpaying 11 overseas workers more than $37,000. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald weighed in that law-abiding companies should not be disadvantaged by rogue companies that do not comply with employment and

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After work drinks 101: Lessons for Jamie Briggs (and other bosses) - Australian Financial Review

Jamie Briggs should have been the first person to leave the Hong Kong bar during last month’s ministerial visit. At least that’s what employment lawyer Alan McDonald says. Mr McDonald, a managing partner at McDonald Murholme, said that as a general rule a senior leader should be the first person to leave the party. “If you want to be sociable and go to

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