Underpayment of wages by major companies has led to a term being coined “wage theft”.  In particular, there has been a push by Unions as well as the Federal and State Governments to put in place criminal penalties for underpayment of wages – wage theft. Woolworths Coles Subway Commonwealth Bank Made Establishment (George Colambaris) Dominos…

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vendor finance

There are situations in which a bank loan is not a possibility when purchasing a business, property or other asset. This may occur because the buyer is unable or unwilling to secure a bank loan for the requested purchase price. However, the seller may be eager to sell their asset and be willing to come…

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As part of its four-yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a decision to insert two new ‘model’ clauses impacting the payment of Annualised Salaries to employees covered by certain awards. These changes are primarily intended to address a lack of uniformity among the range of clauses currently found in…

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NB Lawyers – lawyers for employers recently acted for the Fraser Coast Regional Council (the Council) and successfully obtained a costs order following an unsuccessful application for reinstatement filed by a former employee.[1] We have previously written an article discussing the unsuccessful substantive application (https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/application-for-reinstatement-denied). HR Teams in Councils (or any practitioner familiar with employment…

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Purchasing or selling commercial property is a big investment decision which you should seek advice from experienced professionals about including a solicitor, accountant and finance broker before signing a legally binding contract. Commercial contracts generally do not include a cooling off period which is why it is important to engage a solicitor prior to entering…

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harvey bay marina council

Application for Reinstatement, Denied – How Excellent Complaint Management gives Lessons for HR Teams in Councils Our firm has recently acted for the Fraser Coast Regional Council (the Council) in relation to an application for reinstatement before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).[1] Following our successful defence of the application for reinstatement, we continued to…

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undoumented loans

Undocumented loans between friends and family It is very common to advance money to a friend or family member for a business or personal expense where they are in financial need. These loans are often verbal without a specified date for repayment. Employers may also lend a sum of money to an employee or other…

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Managing mental illness in the Workplace Managing mental illness in the workplace is difficult for any employer and management team. When dealing with complaints of mental illness in the workplace, from an employment law perspective, it seems to be categorised into three areas: Disclosure of mental health issues either involving work or not involving work  During…

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Property - NB Lawyers

There are several factors to be aware of when developing property in order to do so successfully. It will require sufficient research, planning and securing the right property. Property development involves various complex laws and regulations. Therefore, it is inherent that property developers understand and adhere to the laws in this area. Structure It is…

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hiring, criminal,

The Australian Human Rights Commission Regulations 2019 (Cth) (AHRC Regs) which commenced on 1 October 2019 has clarified that an employer may be found (by the Australian Human Rights Commission) to have discriminated against a prospective employee if they make a distinction, exclusion or preference due to their “irrelevant criminal record”. The Previous Test The…

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Getting a lease

Leases are complex legal documents that can be difficult to understand. We recommend that tenants always consult with a lawyer to advise on the agreement for lease and negotiate lease terms more favourable to you to ensure added security to your business. There are two (2) types of commercial leases, a retail and non-retail lease…

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Facility Management Arrangements may well be a new way for dealing with “contractors” for those in health and allied health sectors. Those who own businesses in the fields of: Doctors, dentists, chiropractors, speech pathology, physiotherapy, optometry; audiology; occupational therapy should take note of the potential to utilise facility management arrangements. Employees are entitled to the…

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The Coronavirus has had a number of unexpected (and expected) ripple effects in the workplace.–         Pay cuts–         Stand downs–         Redundancy–         Government Assistance and Stimulus packages–         Social Distancing–         Increase in Microsoft teams and Zoom use–         Sourcing a webcam been a bit more difficult–         Who should stay in the office and who should work from home Working from home is not a new phenomenon and…

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The Coronavirus has impacted a number of clients in various fields that rely upon travel, business in Asia, retail and manufacturing.  We have had a number of clients asking for guidance as to what to do in these troubled times.  The question needs to be asked – what do Employers do? A number of Coronavirus…

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