How Record Keeping Can Help You With Underpayment Claims

New laws tested by the Fair Work Ombudsman mean that good record keeping can help considerably in determining the outcome of underpayment claims. The Protecting Vulnerable Workers’ Act, introduced in 2017, amended the Fair Work Act to increase protections for...

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Why Does My Contract Have A Restraint Of Trade Clause?

The restraint of trade clause came about because many employers are worried that their employees will leave their business to work for a competitor, or start up a rival business and take their employees, clients and suppliers with them. A restraint clause is only...

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What Do I Do About An Unfair Written Warning At Work?

Disputes and misconduct in a workplace can be very distressing and present particular challenges.  Do you feel you have received an unfair written warning at work? Do you know what your rights are? It is important that you are aware of the complaint and that you are...

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How To Resign The Right Way

Has your working environment become unbearable, the end of your career seems imminent or you simply want to quit your job without notice? Before making any hasty decisions, it is important that you know how to resign. You should review your employment contract to...

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Your Rights To A Support Person In A Work Meeting

Attending a compulsory meeting at work can be both intimidating and challenging. As an employee, you have the right to have a support person or a representative at the meeting with you. Your employer is not obliged to offer you a support person. However, pursuant to s...

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Benefits Of The Work Christmas Party

The work Christmas party is a great way to celebrate the end of the year. There are many advantages of having a Christmas party. Some of these reasons may be; building workplace relationships, encouraging incentives, boosting employee retention rate and lastly, having...

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Excessive Sick Leave Termination – A Case Study

Terminating an employee on excessive sick leave is a very difficult process and can expose a company to great risk if not managed carefully. The Court’s position on excessive sick leave termination The recent Federal Court case of Robinson v Western Union Business...

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Managing A Global Workforce: Australian Labour Laws

Australia is known for strong and protective labour laws which protect Australian workers. Often businesses operating from overseas are unaware of employees’ rights and entitlements in Australia and leave themselves open to underpayment claims, unfair dismissal claims...

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How to avoid unfair dismissal claims

What is unfair dismissal? Unfair dismissal is where an employee is terminated from employment in an unreasonable and unjust manner. How can an employer avoid unfair dismissal claims? There are many ways to protect yourself and avoid an unfair dismissal claim. Ensure...

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Are You Considering Reporting Underpaid Wages?

Underpayment is unfortunately common in Australia. Many employees are underpaid based on their statutory entitlements. A recent report uncovered how common underpayment is amongst international people living in Australia, especially backpackers and international...

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How are Casual Employment Contracts Different?

What does it mean to be a casual employee? Casual employees are those who do not have a certain or fixed commitment with their employer. Hours worked are not regular and casual employees have the right to swap shifts or refuse work given by their employer.  Also,...

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