As Employment Lawyers we are in a privileged position to gather perspective on a very challenging time for many clients with uncertainty and fear prevailing.  For others it has been an opportunity to pivot or seek different options to ensure their business survives and thrives. Discussing these points with many in human resources, personnel management…

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The Fair Work Commission’s recent decision in Chambers v Toll Transport Pty Ltd[1] (the Decision) is a useful reminder for employers that not all ‘out of work hours’ misconduct by employees may give rise to a valid reason for dismissal especially in the context of a Christmas party.

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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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