We have recently reviewed a decision[1] of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) involving the Southern Midlands Council, Tasmania (the Council) and an animal management employee.  The decision serves as a useful reminder for employers who provide vehicles to their employees to have clear policies in place regarding their usage.   A bit of background on…

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A recent Federal Circuit Court decision has seen 48 employees of Macquarie Bank being awarded in total $1.34 Million in underpayment of wages.  Ranging from non payment of: Annual leave loading Periods of annual leave Personal/carers leave (sick leave) Compassionate leave Public holiday leave This was even though in the context of the Modern Award…

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#1 Identify when a ‘restraint of trade’ clause is necessary Naturally, employers don’t want their former employees setting up shop next door in direct competition of the business. In our experience, the threat of a current or potential employee becoming direct competition doesn’t always cross an employer’s mind until it is too late. Therefore, our…

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Tip 1 – Get it done at the Beginning The single biggest mistake we see is that the participants fail to prepare a shareholders agreement at the outset of the venture. There can be many reasons for this, including but not limited to the following: it may not occur to the parties that they need…

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