As we head into another new year the effects of COVID-19 on the workplace and in particular employment law has been widely felt.  Even for those industries and companies who are seeing growth opportunities now, the initial impact had many in precarious and uncertain positions.  The team at NB Lawyers – lawyers for employers assisted a number of Employers, Human Resources teams, People and…

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A 62 year old with 42 years of service with the City of Sydney Council challenged his dismissal which cost him (amongst other things) a $70,000 entitlement.  The Commission however found in favour of the Council citing the safety breaches had potential consequences for “catastrophic and avoidable” injuries. In Hamlin v City of Sydney Council [2021] NSWIRComm…

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The issue of mandatory vaccines or compulsory vaccinations has become a significant issue for Employers.  There have been some mixed messages coming out from the media and keeping up to date with changes from Government mandates can be difficult. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) Full Bench decision has…

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NB Lawyers – Lawyers for Employers successfully defended an unfair dismissal application[2] (the Application) on behalf of one of our valued clients, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The operations of the Sanctuary, like many other businesses, were impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, the reduction in the number of tourists attending the Sanctuary required it to take certain steps…

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Sharing details of a complaint made by an employee or having a manager react to a complaint angrily is a recipe for disaster – the case of Lamont v University of Queensland (No 2) [2020] FCA 720 demonstrates this. It started when the applicant (an academic) made a complaint about a Professor due to their harassing…

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