NB Lawyers https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au Lawyers for Employers Mon, 30 Mar 2020 07:25:56 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://cdn.lawyersforemployers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/media/2018/11/cropped-NBLawyersFavicon-32x32.png NB Lawyers https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au 32 32 Working from Home – The Forced Hand of the Coronavirus https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/working-from-home-the-forced-hand-of-the-coronavirus Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:18:17 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2419 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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Redundancy, Pay Cuts and Stand Down in the face of the Coronavirus https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/redundancy-pay-cuts-and-stand-down-in-the-face-of-the-coronavirus Fri, 20 Mar 2020 02:47:59 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2413 Pay Cuts? Stand Down?  Redundancy? This is a difficult time we are currently in as we see clients, friends of the firm and connections take hit after hit during this time of pandemic status of the coronavirus.  No doubt there will be a plethora of opportunity for Employers after this outbreak is satiated however in…

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Wage Theft – the new compliance fear for Employers https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/wage-theft-the-new-compliance-fear-for-employers Wed, 18 Mar 2020 07:03:26 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2408 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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Coronavirus in the Workplace – What do Employers do? https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/coronavirus-in-the-workplace-what-do-employers-do Wed, 11 Mar 2020 08:06:09 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2401 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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Long running jokes – is it sexual harassment? An Employment Lawyer’s answer https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/long-running-jokes-is-it-sexual-harassment Tue, 10 Mar 2020 02:54:38 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2368 As an employment lawyer and part of a law firm that represents employers in employment law I am regularly challenged by numerous people, be it – clients, managers, supervisors, consultants, accountants, other lawyers with different specialties, and even friends in regards to the complex issues around sexual harassment and workplace bullying. It will usually go…

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Vendor finance: buy and sell without the bank https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/vendor-finance-buy-and-sell-without-the-bank Mon, 02 Mar 2020 05:50:28 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2360 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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Annualised Salary Changes in Modern Awards – A Checklist https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/annualised-salary-changes-in-modern-awards-a-checklist Mon, 17 Feb 2020 02:29:33 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2344 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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Costs for the Coast – How commercial decisions can assist Councils in obtaining costs orders https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/how-commercial-decisions-can-assist-councils-in-obtaining-costs-orders Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:17:09 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2314 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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Talk to a Lawyer before Purchasing or Selling Commercial Property https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/talk-to-a-lawyer-before-purchasing-or-selling-commercial-property Mon, 27 Jan 2020 23:48:22 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2241 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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Application for Reinstatement, Denied – How Excellent Complaint Management gives Lessons for HR Teams in Councils https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/application-for-reinstatement-denied Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:47:25 +0000 https://www.lawyersforemployers.com.au/?p=2179 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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