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Why do we celebrate Labour Day? - SmartCompany

While the eight-hour work day is enshrined in the Australian industrial relations system, many workers regularly work beyond the traditional 9-5pm. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock discusses the eight hour working day and what constitutes reasonable overtime. See below article for more details. Why do we celebrate Labour Day? For many workers around Australia,

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Fair Work Ombudsman says it’s time big business “stopped wiping its hands” of contractor underpayments after trolley collectors for major supermarket underpaid $220,000 – Smart Company

Coles’ sub-contractor charged $188,000 for underpayment. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald comments contractors underpaying their staff harms not only the workers involved, but the business community as well. See below article for further details. Fair Work Ombudsman says it’s time big business “stopped wiping its hands” of contractor underpayments after trolley collectors for major

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How do you manage whistleblowers at work? - Workplace Info

Whistleblowers in the workplace should be protected, not prosecuted. McDonald Murholme lawyer Bianca Mazzarella explains the best practice for HR experts to handle a whistleblower situation. See below article for further details. How do you manage whistleblowers at work? There has been a recent spotlight on the protection of whistleblowers after a former senior compliance

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FWC vice-president sick leave saga a great example for employers’– HC Online

McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald comments that the controversial resignation of the Fair Work Commission Vice-President serves as a key example for employers. See below article for further details. FWC vice-president sick leave saga a great example for employers The controversial resignation of FWC vice-president Michael Lawler who took sick leave at full pay

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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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