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What are your legal obligations as an employer? – Circuit Magazine

McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Andrew Jewell discusses common employment issues in the electrical industry. The industry has a myriad of potential risks to employees’ health and safety if safety protocols are not followed. The article addresses the most common workplace issues seen by employers in the electrical industry as well as some tips on how

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How not to 'help' working mothers – HC Online

McDonald Murholme Lawyer Bianca Mazzarella discusses what employers can do to support their female workers who struggle to juggle the pressures of work and family life. See below article for further details. How not to ‘help’ working mothers – HC Online A new report has concluded that working mothers need better access to support services

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Why isn’t the new anti-bullying regime being used by workers? – HC Online

McDonald Murholme’s Managing Director, Alan McDonald and Senior Associate Andrew Jewell discuss the reasons for the low number of bullying cases brought in front of the Fair Work Commission, and the flaws of the system. See below article for further details. Why isn’t the new anti-bullying regime being used by workers? Since the introduction of

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Overtime - It’s common, but is it legal?’ – HC Online

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently released a survey revealing that most Australians work more than the statutory maximum of 38 hours per week.  McDonald Murholme lawyer, Bianca Mazzarella, discusses the legality of overtime hours with HC Online on the back of this survey. See below article for further details. Overtime – It’s common,

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Are Michael Lawler’s Secret Recordings Legal? – HC Online

McDonald Murholme’s Managing Director, Alan McDonald discusses the legality of secretly recording conversations with your boss with HC Online after Fair Work Commission Vice President, Michael Lawler, revealed he had done so with his boss. See below article for further details. Are Michael Lawler’s Secret Recordings Legal? Fair Work Commission vice president Michael Lawler recently

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Responding to mental illness: a best practice guide - HC Online

McDonald Murholme discusses the impact of mental health in the workplace as a part of Mental Health Week. Responding to mental illness: a best practice guide Mental Health Week has once again thrown the issue back into the headlines, but is there more you could be doing to address mental health issues in your workplace?

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How to combat obstacles in the workplace - Women's Agenda

Senior Associate Andrew Jewell contributed an article to Women’s Agenda about common issues women experience in the workplace. How to combat obstacles in the workplace Everyone expects to be treated fairly in the workplace based on experience, qualifications and merit, regardless of gender. Unfortunately this is not always the case, especially for women. When someone

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Firm simplifies Fair Work laws - Lawyers Weekly

Lawyers Weekly quoted our Senior Associate, Andrew Jewell about the launch of McDonald Murholme’s User Guide to the Fair Work Act. The guide summarises the Fair Work Act 2009 in a digestible format so that employees can quickly assess whether they are protected by the act without having to pay expensive legal costs.   Firm simplifies Fair

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Facebook 'Unfriending' Constitutes Bullying, Fwc Rules - HC Online

HC Online quoted Managing Director Alan McDonald  regarding the recent Fair Work Commissions’ ruling of Facebook ‘unfriending’  constituting bullying in the workplace. The article explores Tasmania taking the lead in protecting employees in the workplace. See below article for details. Facebook ‘unfriending’ constitutes bullying, FWC rules – HC Online Last week, the Fair Work Commission

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'Social Media More Prevalent In Bullying Cases' - The Australian Financial Review

McDonald Murholme’s Managing Director Alan McDonald discusses the Fair Work Commission’s recent ruling that unfriending a colleague on Facebook could constitute bullying in the workplace with The Australian Financial Review. The article explores the value of protecting employees’ rights from online bullying behaviour.  See below article for further details.  Social media more prevalent in bullying

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'United Petroleum Latest Company Accused Of Mass Underpayments' - HC Online

McDonald Murholme’s Senior Associate Andrew Jewell discusses United Petroleum’s widespread involvement into massively underpaying wages to their 7-Eleven employees with HC Online. The article discusses where United could stand from a legal perspective. See below article for further details. ‘United Petroleum latest company accused of mass underpayments’ – HC Online Just days after a Four

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'China - Australia Free Trade Agreement Will Bring In New Obligations For Employers' - HC Online

McDonald Murholme’s Managing Director Alan McDonald discusses the impact of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement on employees and employers with HC Online. The article raises concerns that limited compliance agreements could lead to exploitation of foreign workers – as well as Australian residents unnecessarily “losing out”. See below article for further details. China-Australia Free Trade

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'How did Harry Triguboff know?' - The Australian Financial Review

The Australian Financial Review quoted McDonald Murholme’s Senior Associate Andrew Jewell on Meriton billionaire Harry Triguboff’s pending court proceedings against the NSW Government. Triguboff’s case is an unusual approach to the normal legal process. See below article for further details. ‘How did Harry Triguboff know?’ – The Australian Financial Review Questions have been raised about apartment

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‘One in four older Australians experience age discrimination at work: Study’ – Smart Company

McDonald Murholme’s Senior Associate Andrew Jewell provided commentary to Smart Company’s review of the Human Rights Commission’s national prevalence survey into workplace age discrimination. A worrying sign of the times, small and medium enterprises need to make decisions about recruitment and managing staff irrespective of age and ensure older workers are not pigeonholed. See below article

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Germanwings crash underscores value of health checks: Employment Lawyers – Australian Financial Review

McDonald Murholme’s Senior Associate Andrew Jewell provided commentary on the Germanwings plane crash tragedy and the impact of mental health in the workplace. Under provisions in workplace health and safety laws, employers have an obligation to provide employees with a safe working environment. See below article for further details. Germanwings crash underscores value of health

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Would you get sacked for an office sex romp? News.com.au

News.com.au quoted McDonald Murholme’s Senior Associate Andrew Jewell on the probability of dismissal after a New Zealand couple were caught having sex in full view of smartphones. Unless it was a case of breaching company policy, it is difficult to label the conduct as misconduct. See below the article published on news.com.au for further details: Would

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Construction union liable for sacking a socialist, The Australian Financial Review

McDonald Murholme’s Senior Associate Andrew Jewell represented union worker, Muhammad Ali Sayed against the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU). Federal Court’s Justice Mortimer confirmed Mr Sayed was wrongfully dismissed due to his political views. The case established a new definition of what constitutes ‘political opinion’ in the Federal Court. See below article published

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Falling oil prices - Australian Financial Review

Many Australian resource companies are concerned about the financial pain of a 50% decline of oil prices to levels more common 5-10 years ago. Rural communities have been suffering over a decade with beef prices which have remained static or below for 2002 price levels. Surely these must be prioritised ahead of the resources company

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Easy entry for skilled foreigners, The Australian Financial Review

The Australian Financial Review (07/01/15) reported a possible ease of entry for skilled foreign workers.  This must be a concern for Australian employees who are already facing the consequences of high level unemployment. There are many reasons why skilled workers come to Australia including that we have among the best employment laws in the world.

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Victorian Schools $28 Million Slush Fund Contributed To VCAT Claims - The Age

The Age reported on a secret $28 million slush fund operated by high ranking Victorian education officials from a 2011 audit. This audit may alert to more than one dysfunction in the Education Department. Teachers for many years have been complaining about poor governance and heavy handed actions by schools against them as individuals. McDonald

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