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‘No clear lessons’ for corporate employers from Folau settlement - Lawyers Weekly

Wednesday’s settlement between Rugby Australia and former star player Israel Folau – the details for which remain undisclosed – leaves a lot of unanswered questions from an employment law perspective, argues one professional. In a joint statement on Wednesday, Rugby Australia and Mr Folau said they had settled their legal dispute pertaining to the posting

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Staffing over the holiday season: What’s legal and what’s not? - Seek

From closure and staff leave to public holiday pay, here’s what you need to know as an employer. The holiday season is a time for many of us to unwind, but if you’re a small business owner, the festive season can bring a level of stress. Many businesses in Australia go into hibernation over Christmas

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The art of the employee farewell - In he Black

Employers who have invested significant resources in an employee can feel let down when that person resigns, but it’s important to maintain composure and plan your next steps. Don’t take it personally. A resignation may throw your plans into disarray and leave you wondering why you invested so much time in someone who didn’t value

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What are my rights when it comes to redundancy? - Seek

Being made redundant can be overwhelming if you don’t know where you stand legally. We asked a lawyer to explain the rights and entitlements employees have when it comes to redundancy, and to clear up some of the key questions around this situation. What are reasons for redundancy? There are a few reasons your position

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Why the whistleblower protections in Australia don’t work - HRM

“The fact that there has never been a successful whistleblower case in Australia speaks volumes.” The whistleblower protections in Australia are seriously lacking. Despite Parliament passing new legislation to expand the whistleblower protections in the Corporations Act to provide greater protections, there is still very little recourse for employees who are punished for shedding light

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Qantas, Bunnings and Super Retail Group among companies caught in underpayment scandal - news.com.au

Every week, a new major Aussie company seems to be caught out underpaying workers. Earlier this week, Woolworths made international headlines after it emerged the supermarket giant had underpaid nearly 6000 employees over the past nine years, with repayments expecting to cost up to $300 million. Today, The Australian revealed several huge firms, including Super Retail Group, Qantas, ABC,

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How to quit a new job if something better comes up - Seek

So, you’ve landed a job, signed on the dotted line and you’re all set to start your new role. Then you get a call that the dream job you’d given up on is now on offer. You’re keen to take up this dream opportunity, but you don’t want to burn any bridges—or break any contract

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Employment firm slams ‘ill-informed’ comments on unfair dismissal claims - Lawyers Weekly

Comments made earlier this week from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s director of workplace relations are “entirely misplaced” and seek to weaken a dismissed employee’s ability to hold an employer to account. McDonald Murholme principal lawyer Trent Hancock has taken ACCI director of workplace relations Scott Barklamb to task over his “ill-informed” comments

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Sunglass Hut to back pay part-time workers $2.3 million after turning itself in to the FWO - Smart Company

Sunglass Hut will back pay $2.3 million to its employees after admitting to underpaying individual workers by up to $42,912 in overtime wages. The failure to pay overtime came from Sunglass Hut’s failure to schedule regular shifts for its in-store part-time workers on paper, thus breaching the requirements of the General Retail Industry Award (GRIA),

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How the High Court’s decision on pieceworker rights will affect Aussie farmers - - Smart Company

Underpaid pieceworkers could be compensated according to minimum hourly award rates, following an appeal by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) in a case against Queensland farm Marland Mushrooms. Currently, piece rates are paid by the amount employees can pick, pack, make or prune, similar to commission rate structures. Although the system is in place of

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Stringent processes for employee dismissal are ‘absolutely essential’ - Lawyers Weekly

The recent awarding of $1.2 million to former James Cook University professor Peter Ridd shows that law firms must engage in “exhaustive consultation” with employees about the issues warranting dismissal. Speaking in the wake of Professor Ridd being awarded $1.2 million in damages from JCU following his successful unfair dismissal case, McDonald Murholme managing director

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Gig economy tested again as former Deliveroo rider takes company to court - HRM

FWO said Uber drivers were not employees, could the outcome of this court case change things? A former Deliveroo rider is taking the food delivery service company to court with allegations that he was underpaid. The outcome of this case will prove interesting considering the Fair Work Ombudsman’s earlier decision that Uber drivers are not classified as ‘employees’.

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Firm shines light on latest gig economy fiasco - Lawyers Weekly

An employment law firm has highlighted the difficulties in a new matter involving the gig economy – this time concerning a former Deliveroo driver who has taken the company to court. McDonald Murholme has weighed in on former Deliveroo driver Jeremy Rhind taking legal action against the food delivery service company over allegations he was

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Defining a work day: a landmark Federal Court decision - HRM

An argument of how the word ‘day’ should be interpreted means organisations across Australia have to rethink entitlements. If you’re in HR and you deal with shift workers, last week’s Federal Court ruling might have you re-configuring the payroll. The case was between two workers at Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory in Claremont, Tasmania, and Cadbury’s parent

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These are the employment law rights of pregnant women and working parents - Women's Agenda

With pregnant women and new parents continuing to be discriminated against at work, we wanted to share a reminder on our legal rights, thanks to employment lawyer Alexandra Targett, from McDonald Murholme Solicitors. Juggling work and parental responsibilities as a first time parent can be both challenging and rewarding, but it’s also a time when

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Elite swimming club in underpayment stoush with coach - The Age

One of the nation’s most respected swimming clubs is embroiled in a bitter legal stoush with a former coach, amid allegations of underpayment, bullying and inappropriate comments towards young athletes. Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club has produced a string of Olympic champions, including Mack Horton, Giaan Rooney and Michael Klim, but is now accused of underpaying its

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Superannuation guarantee increase harmful to young people, lawyers - Lawyers Weekly

As the superannuation guarantee increase is debated among politicians and the wider public, McDonald Murholme has voiced concern for the youngest Australian earners. The Abbott government froze the superannuation guarantee at 9.5 per cent during the 2014 term, but under current legislation this will rise to 10 per cent in July 2021 before rising by

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Jail time for wage theft: Government moves ahead with plans to criminalise worker exploitation - Smart Company

The federal government will move ahead with plans to criminalise serious worker exploitation within the “next month or so”, as argument rages on about how to deal with Australia’s wage theft crisis. Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday confirmed Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter is drafting legislation which would criminalise worker exploitation, amid a push for

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Calombaris scandal a symptom of ‘incredibly difficult’ rules - My Business

The $7.8 million underpayment scandal engulfing celebrity chef George Calombaris is symptomatic of the sheer complexity of Australia’s workplace laws, it has been claimed. But a workplace lawyer has called for even tougher financial penalties to stamp out wage underpayments. Ben Thompson, the co-founder and CEO of people management platform Employment Hero, applauded the Fair

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Proposed religious anti-discrimination laws to heighten bigotry in business, lawyer says - Lawyers Weekly

A Melbourne-based employment lawyer says plans to safeguard religious freedom through the introduction of new laws have the potential to alienate minority groups should these laws come into effect. McDonald Murholme managing director Alan McDonald says Attorney-General Christian Porter’s plans to introduce a religious freedom act will create challenges within Australian businesses, noting that such

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