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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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Labour hire company fined $42,000 for underpaying two workers less than $2,000 and breaching sham contracting laws – The SmartCompany

A labour hire company in Melbourne was fined more than $42,000 for underpaying two workers a total of $1,970 and breaching sham contracting laws. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald weighed in that the court’s decision sends a solid warning to Australian businesses. See below article for further details.   Labour hire company fined $42,000 for

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The dirty trick employers use to pay you less – The New Daily

A steady number of employees are being exploited by businesses involved in sham contracting as revealed in recent scandals at Myer and Pizza Hut.  McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Andrew Jewell highlights that many workers are shammed because they are unaware of their rights. See below article for further details. The dirty trick employers use to

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Restaurant caught underpaying cook $45,000 after regularly making him work seven days a week – The SmartCompany

A foreign employee has been back-paid $45,000 after Fair Work Ombudsman discovered he was working seven days a week for as little as $617 per week. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Andrew Jewell commented emphasising that these overseas workers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation because they may not be aware of their rights. See below article

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Slaters halts slide, but uncertainty remains – Lawyers Weekly

With growing concerns for the ripple effects for the legal profession after the steady decline in Slater and Gordon stock prices, McDonald Murholme’s Managing Director Alan McDonald discusses the necessity for legal bodies to reassure the public and support the firm. See below article for further details. Slaters halts slide, but uncertainty remains After a

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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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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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