NEWS AND ARTICLES

July 18, 2019

Can high income earners still make an unfair dismissal claim?

A recent Fair Work Commission case has made clear that earning more than the high income threshold will not necessarily prevent an employee from succeeding in an unfair dismissal claim. Lawyer Sherilynn Ding explains.

July 17, 2019

Calombaris catastrophe - lessons for employers

What can employers learn from the Made Group wage scandal? Patron Legal Principal James Francis shares his tips for ensuring your business stays compliant while avoiding an PR nightmare.

November 29, 2017

Sexual harassment - protecting your staff and your business

Patron Legal partner James Francis' tips for employers who want to minimise the risks associated with sexual harassment in the workplace.

November 15, 2017

Melbourne courier businesses fined $72,000 for sham contracting

Dominic Powell, Smart Company: A recent court action brought by the Fair Work Ombudsman against a courier business has prompted warnings from both startup founders and legal experts that further crackdowns could be incoming for companies in the “gig economy”.

September 11, 2016

This is part one in our three part series on workplace investigations and discipline. This article will deal with the initial stage of a workplace investigation – dealing with complaints and appointing an investigator. 

August 07, 2016

In this, our final article in our three part series on redundancy for GovNews, we discuss the requirements around paying out redundancies.

July 07, 2016

In this, the second of our three part series on redundancies for GovNews, we outline the key considerations for effectively implementing genuine workplace redundancies.

June 07, 2016

Safe and legal steps to workforce redundancy

Part 1 of 3 in our series on redundancy for Govnews.

January 14, 2016

Australian Workplaces Ban Smartphones And Boost Productivity

The Huffington Post: "Australians have become so addicted to their smartphones that businesses are being forced to implement phone bans during work hours to improve safety and boost productivity..."

November 22, 2015

Pizza Hut hit with sham contracting claims and accusations delivery drivers were paid just $12 an hour

Broede Carmody from Smart Company writes "Pizza Hut is the latest brand to be hit with allegations of sham contracts, with reports some of the pizza chain’s franchisees could be paying delivery drivers as little as $12 an hour..."

January 22, 2015

Bakery investigated for “religious discrimination” after refusing to ice homophobic slurs on bible cakes

Broede Carmody from Smart Company writes "A bakery in the United States is being investigated for potential discrimination after it refused to ice cakes for a customer with the words “God hates gays”.

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