McDonald Murholme is the leading employment law firm for employees located across Australia

Trent Hancock in the media

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

View More

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

View More

Unpaid internships: Career opportunity or exploitation? - Smart Company

By Trent Hancock  The recent scores of reports relating to unpaid internships are indicative of the pressures on young people entering the workplace to gain industry experience. There was a survey commissioned by the Federal Department of Employment that revealed more than half of Australia’s young adults have completed unpaid work as part of an internship or job

View More

How working from home has become the new sick day - The New Daily

A niggling tickle in your throat has developed into something more sinister: you’ve caught that cold, flu or undiagnosed viral thing that has been making its way around your open-plan office. You’ve got to call in sick. Or do you? There’s so much to do and there is nothing stopping you from responding to all

View More

‘It’s valuable data’: Queensland worker sacked for refusing to sign in using fingerprint scanner - news.com.au

A QUEENSLAND sawmill worker sacked for refusing to sign in using a fingerprint scanner has lost an unfair dismissal claim despite his employer’s “disturbing” privacy failures. Factory hand Jeremy Lee took his case to the Fair Work Commission in March after being let go from the Superior Wood mill in Imbil, near Gympie, where he

View More

Could Netflix’s culture even exist in Australia? - HRM

What happens when a culture of transparency is taken to extremes? HRM examines the performance practices at Netflix and whether the company could legally operate in Australia. Organisational transparency is generally considered a good thing for workplace culture. It helps to ensure the right people are recruited and fosters a culture of inclusion and trust.

View More

Just 28 per cent of workers take full lunch break - news.com.au

IS the long lunch a thing of the past? Nearly three quarters of Australian workers are not taking their full designated lunch break, with almost one in 10 skipping lunch breaks altogether, a new survey by Hays has found. The recruitment firm asked 1253 professionals about their lunch habits. Twenty-eight per cent said they take

View More

Flight Centre accused of underpayment and toxic culture - HRM Online

Former and current employees have accused Flight Centre of having a corrupt, booze-filled culture and troubling pay practices. HRM talks to legal experts Trent Hancock and Athena Koelmeyer about the matter. Travel company Flight Centre has been accused of encouraging staff to charge questionable mark-ups, and engaging in troubling pay practices. The workplace culture has

View More

Toyota worker awarded $68,000 in compensation after being sacked over allegations of inappropriate workplace relationships - Smart Company

A former worker at Toyota Australia’s paint shop has been awarded nearly $70,000 in compensation after the Fair Work Commission found he was unfairly dismissed over allegations of inappropriate personal relationships with other workers. The employee worked as the general foreperson at Toyota’s paint shop in the production and quality subdivision and had been employed

View More

Hair and beauty salon backpays workers $25,000 but avoid penalties after signing deal with workplace watchdog - Smart Company

A Sydney-based beauty and hair salon has avoided paying penalties by entering into an enforceable undertaking (EU) with Australia’s workplace watchdog after admitting to underpaying seven workers more than $25,000 and failing to issue them payslips. OKS Hair and Beauty Salon in Lidcombe drew the attention of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) after one of

View More

Fair Work Ombudsman Alleges Foodora Engaged in “Sham Contracting”, Underpaying Workers - Broadsheet

The case could have massive ramifications for the food-delivery industry, and a precedent could mean tens of millions of dollars in back payments and penalties, an employment lawyer says. On Tuesday afternoon the Fair Work Ombudsman announced it will take legal action against Foodora Australia Pty Ltd, the company behind online food-delivery company Foodora. The

View More

Illegal interview questions - what employers have no right to ask

Employers use a job interview as a way to work out how suitable you are for a role and an interview is an ideal opportunity for you to discuss your skills and expertise. But what kind of questions are recruiters and hirers allowed to ask? The purpose of a job interview is to determine whether

View More

Is criminalising “wage theft” a bad idea? - HRM

More unions are calling for wage theft laws, after NSW Labor already made it an election promise. HRM takes a look at the issue. In July last year NSW Labor flagged its intention to “criminalise the deliberate failure to pay wages and other entitlements”. And it appears the movement is growing. The Victorian Trades Hall Council and

View More

Internships: How to hire within the law - Seek

What is an intern? The words internship and work experience are often used interchangeably. According to the Fair Work Ombudsman an internship is a vocational placement – that is, a placement that is required by an educational institution or training course. Principal lawyer at employment law firm McDonald Murholme, Trent Hancock, says the law is primarily concerned

View More

FWC decides on domestic violence leave – what HR needs to know - HRM

The Fair Work Commission has decided that domestic violence leave will be covered by modern awards. As part of its four-yearly review of modern awards, The Fair Work Commission has ruled on domestic violence leave. It has decided that workers covered by the awards will now be able to access five days of unpaid domestic violence

View More

Plumbing business fined $121,000 for underpaying worker wrongly considered an apprentice - Smart Company

A Victorian plumbing business has been fined $121,000 after it was found to have severely underpaid a worker they were incorrectly classifying an ‘apprentice’. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock discusses the importance of correct documentation when organising an apprentice and simply saying someone is an ‘apprentice’ is not good enough. Plumbing business fined $121,000

View More

Sexual harassment at work: How small to medium businesses can deal with allegations - Dynamic Business

With sexual harassment scandals heavily in the spotlight, some small to medium businesses might find themselves wondering if they are well equipped with the right policies and procedures to deal with such allegations in the workplace. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock explores the ways in which SME’s can deal with sexual harassment allegations as

View More

Small businesses warned not to let their workers foot the bill for work Christmas parties - SmartCompany

With one in six Australian businesses set to spend more than $10,000 on Christmas events this year, how much of the associated costs can employees be expected to cover? McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock highlights the rights and obligations of employees when it comes to Christmas parties as well as the need for employers

View More

The Weinstein Scandal: Is your business equipped to deal with sexual harassment? - Dynamic Business

The highly publicised Weinstein Scandal has brought to light the issue of sexual harassment within the workplace. McDonald Murholme’s Senior Associate Trent Hancock gives his advice on what internal policies businesses can adopt to deal with allegations of this nature. See below article for further details. The Weinstein Scandal: Is your business equipped to deal

View More

United Or Divided: When The Views Of Your Company Aren’t Shared By Your Employees - Dynamic Business

You may have been told once before that it is not polite to discuss religion or politics at the dinner table, but what about at work? McDonald Murholme Senior Associate, Trent Hancock, talks to Dynamic Business about the implications of adverse action on employees for expressing their political opinion. See below article for more information

View More

Talk to a Lawyer