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Lego executive sues company for discrimination on family commitments - Australian Financial Review

A top executive at Lego Australia is suing the toy company for more than $400,000 because it allegedly fired him when he returned from an overseas transfer to care for his family. Lego Australia director of operations Robert Csano, who had been seconded to Japan since 2016, accused the family-owned company of discriminating against him

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Firm highlights ‘lasting consequences’ following sacking of ABC MD Michelle Guthrie - Lawyers Weekly

An Australian law firm has opened up on the firing of ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, saying the dismissal should have lasting consequences for employment law cases going forward. McDonald Murholme has responded to news of Ms Guthrie being terminated from her top job at the ABC earlier this week. The highly publicised dismissal has

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The ABC’s leadership fiasco has lessons for HR - HRM

The firing of the ABC’s managing director Michelle Guthrie, and the subsequent fallout, has been the story of the week. But beyond the headlines are lessons for HR. The termination of the ABC’s managing director Michelle Guthrie this Monday has grown from what the organisation no doubt hoped would be a relatively quiet decision into

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'Unions not penalty rates' hit workers - Dynamic Business

Workers are losing extra pay on weekends and public holidays because of deals between unions and businesses not because of cuts to penalty rates, the Turnbull government says. Government MPs aren’t backing a private member’s bill by Labor leader Bill Shorten to restore penalty rates for 700,000 workers, with Liberal Craig Kelly saying the bargaining

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Banking royal commission - lessons for the Fair Work Commission - Lawyers Weekly

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has shed light on corporate misconduct at the highest management level. Alan McDonald asks if management will now judge itself by the standards it has demanded, of zero tolerance, from lower level employee’s workplace mistakes? Until now, management has successfully advocated to The Fair

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Don’t offer staff free lunch: Underpayment claims at Melbourne cafe Barry prompt legal warning for SMEs - Smart Company

Legal experts have warned businesses to take care when offering staff free incentives like coffee or lunch, especially if these are connected to staff salaries, after a Melbourne cafe was hit with serious underpayment claims from staff this week. Staff at Barry cafe in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote have claimed they had shifts cancelled

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Freehills dispute exposes confusion over who lawyers work for - The Financial Review

Corporate lawyers routinely face the problem of getting conflicting instructions from board directors and owners because their client is a company, lawyers say. The inherent difficulty of taking instructions from a company – a non-speaking, artificial legal entity – was exposed this week after The Australian Financial Review detailed the multi-million dollar fallout between top tier law firm Herbert Smith

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Legal experts weigh in on Malcolm Turnbull’s new ban on sexual relationships with staff - news.com.au

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently introduced a “sex ban” between ministers and staffers after it was found Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce had an affair with former staffer, Vikki Campion. McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald, comments on how it can be inherently dangerous to impose a ban on sexual relations between consenting adults as

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Woolies lawyers to bear the brunt over ‘abysmal’ compliance - Lawyers Weekly

The in-house lawyers at Woolworths are set to feel the effects of a discovery that the cleaning contractors working at the bulk of the franchise’s Tassie stores were systemically breaking workplace laws. A lengthy investigation into the cleaning contractors by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) found “alarming levels of exploitation”, which it attributed to multiple

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Universities must be ‘held accountable’ for law grad oversupply - Lawyers Weekly

A managing director has responded to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s now infamous comments about there being “too many kids doing law”, saying that the onus must fall on the universities. According to McDonald Murholme managing director Alan McDonald, the law grad oversupply problem is largely due to the number of places universities offer students wanting

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Union stoush could lead a boycott of Paddle Pops this summer - SmartCompany

In the midst of an enterprise bargaining agreement dispute the Streets factory workers union, AMWU is encouraging the public to boycott ice-cream products this summer such as Paddle Pops and Golden Gaytimes. McDonald Murholme, Managing Director Alan McDonald, discusses the role social media will play in promoting a public boycott. See below article for more

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Dismissal of contractor for opposing same-sex marriage 'unlawful', experts say - Australian Financial Review

An ACT contractor has been dismissed after openly opposing same-sex marriage on social media. McDonald Murholme Managing Director, Alan McDonald, highlights that protections for political opinion under that Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) only covers employees, but they could still apply if the person’s working relationship is deemed to have the characteristics of employment. See

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Melbourne labour-hire operator cops maximum Fair Work penalty after using worker’s pay for down payment on premium Peugeot - SmartCompany

A Melbourne labour-hire operator failed to pay a foreign worker for 3 months of work. The operator used the employee’s wages to purchase a Peugeot instead. Managing Director Alan McDonald says referring the case to CDPP shows the judge is clearly trying to send a message that they don’t want these cases coming through the

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Retrenched Because Of Your Age? Here Are Your Legal Rights - 50 So What

Australians are remaining in the workforce for a longer period of time, resulting in an aging workforce. McDonald Murholme Managing Director, Alan McDonald, talks to 50 So What about the threat of age discrimination in the workplace and unlawful retrenchment. See below article for more information. Retrenched Because Of Your Age? Here Are Your Legal

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McDonald Murholme wins Acquisition International 2016 Global Excellence Awards  – Most Outstanding Employment Law Firm

  Melbourne’s leading Employment Law Firm, McDonald Murholme has been awarded the Acquisition International 2016 Global Excellence Award for Most Outstanding Employment Law Firm. Acquisition International 2016 Global Excellence Awards recognises firms who display continuity in unparalleled performance and are at the forefront of their industry. As McDonald Murholme continues to lead in employment law

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ACQ5 Law Awards - Employment Lawyer of the year - Alan McDonald, McDonald Murholme solicitors

Founder and managing director of McDonald Murholme, Alan McDonald, has been awarded the ACQ5 Law Award for Employment Lawyer of the Year. The ACQ Annual Award Program recognises industry leaders who have achieved commercial success, of which Mr McDonald has been leading for over 20 years, within the employment law space. Mr McDonald has been

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Fair Work Commission clears Murdoch University over decision to fire employee who sent expletive-filled emails to the ABS about 2016 Census - Smart Company

An Unfair Dismissal claim has been thrown out by the Fair Work Commission after finding  expletive-filled emails were fair grounds for termination. McDonald Murholme Managing Director, Alan McDonald, discusses the merit of the claim with Smart Company. See below article for more information. Fair Work Commission clears Murdoch University over decision to fire employee who

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McDonald Murholme wins Wealth and Finance – Best Industrial Law Firm - Victoria

Leading employment law firm, McDonald Murholme has been awarded the esteemed Wealth and Finance – Best Industrial Law Firm – Victoria. The Wealth and Finance Legal Awards recognise legal professionals who are increasingly having to adapt to ever evolving legislation and regulation, and, as a result, are having to constantly update their skills. McDonald Murholme

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How the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts will affect your business and employees - Dynamic Business

McDonald Murholme Managing Director Alan McDonald explores how the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts will affect your business and employees. See below article for more details. How the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts will affect your business and employees The Fair Work Commission recently ruled that Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will

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GO HOME, TURN OFF – The Weekend Australian

The Weekend Australian has a chat to McDonald Murholme’s Managing Director Alan McDonald about the advantages of employees disconnecting from emails once they knock off work. See below article for further details. GO HOME, TURN OFF – The Weekend Australian Workplace law firm McDonald Murholme is encouraging Australian managers and employees to follow the French

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