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Changes to flexible work laws: what HR needs to know - HRM

As of 1 December 2018, the rules around flexible work requests have changed. Experts break down who this hurts and helps, how to reject a request, and why you shouldn’t. A new ruling by the Fair Work Commission means that, as of 1 December 2018, employers need to make a genuine attempt to reach flexible work agreements with their

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Is withholding a bonus a smart way to motivate staff? - HRM Online

How and when should you withhold an employee’s bonus? HRM examines the legalities and neuroscience of this approach. Qantas has made headlines for a provision in a performance bonus they announced in August. The bonus, paid when an employee signs a new wage agreement, will be withheld if the employee “harms” Qantas. The kicker is that individuals

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Uber Drivers stop work, call for pay boost - Dynamic Business

Uber passengers across Australia face the prospect of more stop-work action by drivers if the ride-sharing company refuses to improve pay rates for add-on services. Tens of thousands of Uber drivers did not pick up passengers during Monday’s morning commute as they protested for fairer conditions.  Ride Share Drivers United want Uber to axe its

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Men’s mental health: don’t let your employees suffer in silence - HRM Online

Do you have a large male workforce? Then you need to keep informed about the impact that mental health is having on your employees, and understand the best way to help them. More than five men die prematurely each hour in Australia due to potentially preventable conditions. One of the biggest causes is mental health

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Men's mental health week a good opportunity for workplaces to join in the conversation - Dynamic Business

Men in Australia are three times more likely than women to commit suicide[1], and in many cases, they have no history of ever being diagnosed with a mental illness. This suggests that many men still suffer with depression in silence and need to be encouraged to speak up. Men’s mental health week kicks off from

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It is in a company’s best interest to offer flexible workplace arrangements - Australian Women Online

With Mothers’ Day coming up on Sunday 13th May, it’s a good time to recognise and celebrate the contribution of working mothers to the Australian economy. Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), Libby Lyons says Australian women are increasingly active participants in the workforce while still performing close to double the unpaid domestic work

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Sydney’s Bar Coluzzi fined $97,000 for overseas worker cash-back scheme - Smart Company

A bar in Sydney and its former director have been fined a combined $97,000 following legal action for convincing an overseas worker to pay back some of her unpaid wages as part of a cash-back scheme. Bar Coluzzi in Darlinghurst had sponsored an Italian worker on a 457 skilled visa to work 40 hours a

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How Esha Oberoi overcame depression to build a $10 million business - The Sydney Morning Herald

  When Esha Oberoi’s marriage was cancelled 12 years ago, she found herself sinking into depression. “After my wedding was called off, I sunk into feelings of depression and isolation, and was finding employment a challenge,” says Oberoi. Today, the 34-year-old runs Afea Care Services, which provides care for others and has an annual revenue

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Fair Work Commission backs zero tolerance out-of-hours intoxication - Australian Financial Review

The Fair Work Commission is backing a strict zero-tolerance approach to alcohol after the sacking of an employee who attempted to attend work intoxicated. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell discusses that intoxication in the workplace is an accepted category of serious and wilful misconduct. Fair Work Commission backs zero tolerance out-of-hours intoxication – Australian

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Can corporate egg freezing policies solve gender inequality? - HRM Online

Holding off motherhood to focus on one’s career is an extremely personal choice for women. So what happens when employers begin to play a part? McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell addresses the implications of employers paying for female workers to freeze their eggs in the article below. Can corporate egg freezing policies solve gender

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'There can be no winners': The consequences of sleeping with my boss - Sydney Morning Herald

Sleeping with your boss may or may not cross your mind, but if does, it seems you are not alone. Dating for marrieds’ website AshleyMadison.com had a staggering 6.6 per cent of members admit they would sleep with their supervisor. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell comments that while such cases are unfortunate, there is

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After the whistle is blown: protecting employees who speak out - The Law Society of NSW

In recent times, a submission to a parliamentary enquiry into whistle-blower protections makes for distressing reading. A former Commonwealth Bank employee blew the whistle on dodgy practices within the bank, along with the aftermath of his disclosures. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell states if an employee exposes wrongdoing by raising concerns and receives disciplinary

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Companies that offer to freeze their employees' eggs risk opening 'Pandora's Box', says Lawyer

Companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google are paying for their female employees to freeze their eggs in order to further their careers without the pressure of having children. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell explores the controversial new policy and how in Australia, this may be difficult to implement in a safe and non-discriminatory

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Why you need to get out of the CEO ivory tower - CEO Magazine

CEO’s are paid to make the tough decisions for the business but what if your employees were the ones with all the good ideas but too afraid to speak up? McDonald Murholme Principal, Andrew Jewell, says policies are important as they empower staff to have the confidence to speak up when concerned about workplace issues.

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Lawyers show mental health matters as much as business - Lawyers Weekly

Growing awareness for mental health research and support services is a leading priority in the Australian Legal Industry. McDonald Murholme Principal, Andrew Jewell, has witnessed first-hand the prevalence of stress and anxiety among his clients and is leading change to further research. See below article for more information. Lawyers show mental health matters as much

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McDonald Murholme proudly supports beyondblue

MEDIA RELEASE McDonald Murholme is proud to announce its support for beyondblue in the pursuit of raising valuable awareness for anxiety, depression, and suicide. McDonald Murholme will donate $1 from every new client appointment over the next 12 months to beyondblue. McDonald Murholme is Melbourne’s leading employment law firm with a continually expanding client base

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Can you extend an employee’s probationary period? - SEEK insight and resources

Employee’s  beginning a new role will usually be set a probationary period of three or six months. This allows both parties to decide whether the employee is suited to the position. Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell comments on the legality surrounding probation periods and the barriers employers will face if choosing to extend an employee’s probationary period.

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6 Ways To Create The Perfect Work/Life Balance – MyDeal.com.au

The modern workplace can be a stressful place for employees, who can feel increasing pressure to remain connected and work until late at night. McDonald Murholme Principal Lawyer Andrew Jewell discusses an employee’s right to take time off, to help achieve a healthy work/life balance. See below article for further details. 6 Ways To Create

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Criminal background checks and obtaining employment – what you need to know - InterCheck Australia

In certain industries, a  job offer to a prospective employee can be refused if their criminal record relates to the nature of the work. Principal lawyer Andrew Jewell comments on employee rights when seeking employment with a criminal background. See the below article for more information. Criminal background checks and obtaining employment – what you

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McDonald Murholme guide to the Fair Work Act – The Australian

A study of 3,100 jobseekers found 80 per cent of respondents over the age of 50 believed they were treated differently because of their age. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Andrew Jewell highlights that the Fair Work Act user guide serves as a free and accessible resource to those who have been affected. See below article

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