Whilst NB Employment Law principally acts for employers, we have on occasion accepted matters from employees for charitable reasons. In this regard, we have recently prosecuted an application for unfair dismissal on behalf of an employee[1] (the Application) which may provide useful guidance for employers working under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services…

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NB Employment Law has recently successfully defended an unfair dismissal application[1] (the Application) on two (2) separate jurisdictional grounds. We successfully argued the application had been commenced outside of the statutory time limit, and established the worker was an independent contractor as opposed to an employee. A unique feature of their relationship was the lack…

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The dental industry is constantly battling against its public image, both in attracting patients, and attracting staff. This article looks at the special circumstances faced by the industry in attracting staff, and makes some suggestions for owners and managers of dental practices. The Dental Industry Over a long period of time, all across Australia, the…

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38 hours a week – with the overwhelming tide of flexibility, wage rises and work from home permeating in the workplace national employment standards make it clear that ordinary hours of work consist of only 38 hours per week. However, in many industries, salaried positions and for non-award covered employees the requirement to work “reasonable…

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With the Australian Labour Party (ALP) winning the recent federal election a change in government will likely see a number of potential changes for Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Employment Law. Our team at NB Lawyers, lawyers for employers, have looked at some of the commentary, proposed policies and general discussion points made by the…

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Many organisations have particular values and public positions on social issues such as domestic violence, the black lives movement, #metoo campaign, sexuality, racism and vaccinations.  You only have to take a quick glance at Facebook or other similar social media platforms to see that many people have very diverse and in some cases strong opinions…

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The lockdown situations all over Australia created a number of scenarios where employees were able to remain at home and undertake work.  Some of these arrangements led to an increase in productivity and for other organisations and industries there has been an eventual decline in productivity. With the question around WFH coming up for Employers…

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Vicarious liability (responsibility of an employer for an employee’s actions) has been a concept many employers grapple with on a far too regular basis. A situation involving a drunken employee urinating on a colleague’s face begged the question of employer responsibility. The ever-changing principles of this concept have employers concerned at every company function, even…

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