Love is in the air…at work – what are the legal risks?

It is not unheard of for an office romance to take hold and in some circumstances, even lead to long-term love. In fact, according to a Seek survey, 30% of Australians have had a romantic relationship with someone at work. Close and long term personal friendships between colleagues are even more common, which is not

Love is in the air…at work – what are the legal risks?2024-02-14T10:05:49+11:00

What are the new changes to fixed-term contacts?

On 6 December 2023, new laws commence which will change the way that fixed-term employment contracts can be used. Here’s what you need to know to avoid litigation/ fines if you’re an employer, or an illegal termination to your employment if you’re an employee. Context Since the passing of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure

What are the new changes to fixed-term contacts?2023-12-04T11:40:26+11:00

Check twice, pay once – Complying with the Hospitality and Restaurant Awards

The Hospitality and Restaurant industries are known for their fast-paced environments with not a moment to spare. Yet, when it comes to payment of staff, it’s important to slow down and ensure that there is compliance with the Award requirements. This is particularly so noting that there have been recent changes to the Award and

Check twice, pay once – Complying with the Hospitality and Restaurant Awards2023-06-22T15:07:51+10:00

It is almost tax time, have you considered your income?

With tax time right around the corner, it is important as an employer or employee/contractor to consider what is income and your obligations with the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Particularly from an employment perspective, sometimes it can be unclear what exactly income is, especially if a remuneration package includes benefits that are not just money.

It is almost tax time, have you considered your income?2023-04-18T15:00:48+10:00

The ‘Secure Jobs, Better Pay’ Bill – What Does It Mean For My Business?

There has been a lot of media coverage about the Bill which has been debated in Parliament in recent months − the ‘Secure Jobs, Better Pay’ Bill – which seeks to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). The Bill was passed on 2 December 2022 and received royal assent four days later. In early

The ‘Secure Jobs, Better Pay’ Bill – What Does It Mean For My Business?2022-12-16T09:48:58+11:00

Injuries During Contact Sports – Is the School Responsible?

2021 has been challenging for schools, with COVID-19−related restrictions and lockdowns, and the ongoing issue surrounding vaccination of staff and students. Apart from COVID, 2021 has also seen some interesting legal cases that contain some key reminders for all schools to take into the 2022 school year. In Mattock v State of New South Wales

Injuries During Contact Sports – Is the School Responsible?2022-09-08T00:39:31+10:00

Director Identification Numbers (DINs)– what are they and do I need one?

From November 2021 directors of companies in Australia will need to verify their identity, and can apply for to have a Director Identification Number (DIN) through the newly established Australian Business Registry Services. The aim of the new scheme is to enable stakeholders in companies – including shareholders, employees, creditors and regulators – to know

Director Identification Numbers (DINs)– what are they and do I need one?2022-09-29T22:50:05+10:00

It’s a Tough “Gig”, but someone’s got to do it

We all love enjoying our weekly takeout meals and it was made easier when we could order it at the click of a button through various delivery platforms. However, since COVID-19, there has been a significant increase in demand for food delivery and our trusty delivery riders have stepped up to the plate to ensure

It’s a Tough “Gig”, but someone’s got to do it2022-10-04T05:35:43+11:00

5 things to remember about working (or not working) over Christmas

With the Christmas period upon us, we always see questions about what employers can and can’t  do in relation to their staff over Christmas. For some businesses this is a slow period where the business shuts down, but for others is the busiest time of the year. Here are our employment law team’s 5 top

5 things to remember about working (or not working) over Christmas2022-10-04T05:36:05+11:00

Change to Secure Local Job Code – what does it mean?

In the ACT, in order for businesses to be able to provide certain services to the ACT Government, they must obtain certification under the Secure Local Jobs Code (“the Code”). This means that they have gone through an process which includes a compliance audit to demonstrate that the business meets the highest ethical and labour

Change to Secure Local Job Code – what does it mean?2022-10-04T06:17:55+11:00

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