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Employment Law

Difficult Conversations With Employees – 5 Key Steps for Managers and Supervisors

By NB Lawyers | May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Having difficult conversations is an energy sapper for anyone that manages people.  Maybe you delay it and the problem goes away?  Or you have the conversation and it ends up being more problematic?  We can always get LUCKY – there may be times where a staff member who is not performing, the employee who is…

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Whistle Blower Laws Come In 1 July 2019 – Are You Ready?

By NB Lawyers | May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Does your business have more than 100 employees? OR Is your revenue in excess of $50 Million? OR Do you have gross assets worth more than $25 Million? If so, a potentially dangerous regulation is coming on 1 July 2019.  They are the new Whistle-blower laws. The new Whistle-blower laws are a commonwealth amendment (Treasury…

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Firing Employees In Their Probationary Period – Beware General Protections

By NB Lawyers | April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Employers when deciding to dismiss an employee in their probationary period (or statutory minimum period of employment) are usually aware that this will protect themselves from an unfair dismissal claim.  For Employers and HR managers what should also be kept in mind are other potential employment claims such as discrimination, breach of contract and in…

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A Band-Aid on Workpac v Skene? – Fair Work Amendment Casual Loading Offset

By NB Lawyers | February 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

On 18 December 2018 the Federal Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018 (Cth) (Amendment) to vary the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth) (Regulations) in light of the decision in Workpac v Skene, a case we have reviewed previously (Workpac v Skene article). The Amendment clarifies that an employer now has a statutory right to offset…

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Councils Beware of General Protections Claims – “Slow the Process Down”

By NB Lawyers | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

General Protections claims have become a convenient tool for employees working in local council to avoid or even unnecessarily prolong legitimate performance management issues, action regarding illness and injury and misconduct concerns.  Executives and managers in local council need to be aware of how to protect their organisation against such claims and reduce the risk…

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