As a business owner, you trust your employees to be honest. It’s therefore every employer’s worst fear to find out that an employee has been stealing from you. But what if then, that employee sues you, and your lawyer tells you that employee has a case?
The recent judgment of the Federal Court in the WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene case has had many employers very worried. But we’re not convinced the decision actually changes anything. Read on for our take on the WorkPac case. What was the WorkPac case about? Paul Skene was employed in 2010 as a casual [...]
The departure of an employee can be a difficult time for your business. It is also a time that your business is exposed to the potential for real damage. If you establish a clear and consistent process for departing employees, you can protect your business and minimise the impact on staff and customers. Use our ‘departing employees’ checklist to protect your business.
The end of the first calendar quarter for the year is fast approaching, and this is a great time to think about improving your employment processes and procedures. To get you started, these are our favourite employment law 'nuts and bolts' that may need some tightening.
If you're thinking of selling your business, we bet there are 2 key outcomes you are looking for: 1. Getting the highest purchase price possible; and 2. Being able to make a clean break from the business, so you can think about something else (and maybe even relax or take a holiday). These outcomes are both realistic and achievable, but it will take some planning before you put the business up for sale.
You may have noticed that ‘flexibility’ has become the new buzz word for Australian workplaces. Most of the popular focus has been on the benefits that flexibility provides to workers, rather than employers. As an employer, you may only just be keeping up with all of the day-to-day issues that come with employing someone [...]
We are often asked what rights an employer has to require their employees to undergo a medical assessment or provide their medical records. The answer is usually not straightforward, as there are some serious personal and privacy issues to consider. The question comes down to striking a balance.
- Are your trade secrets walking out the door? GalleryAsset Protection, Business Interest, Commercial/Business, Contracts, Employment, Employment contracts, Facebook Published, IP, Marketing, Newsletter Published, Newsletters, Policies and procedures, Terms and Conditions, Twitter Published
Losing an employee, whether by dismissal or resignation, is never easy. But it’s even harder when the employee walks out the door with a head (and possibly a briefcase or USB) full of your confidential information.
One of the big benefits of being a not-for-profit organisation (NFP) is the availability of tax concessions. But are you making the most of the concessions available to your organisation?
One of the most expensive aspects of running a business is paying employees. But just as great employees can be a real asset, underperforming employees can be a real drain on resources. Hiring employees is all about choosing people who are going to add value to your business. While there is no exact formula, there [...]
In this article, we will discuss some of the critical clauses that are often missing from basic employment documents. We will cover what each critical clause does and why it is important, and the potential consequences of not including the clause in your employment documents.
- Fixed term contracts masterclass GalleryAreas of Law, Blog, Business, Business Interest, Employment, Employment contracts, Facebook Published, LinkedIn Published, Marketing, Newsletter Published, Newsletters, Other stuff, Practice areas, Resources, Twitter Published
In Australia, there are 3 main types of employment contracts: permanent (full-time or part-time), casual, and fixed term (whether full-time or part-time). This article focuses on fixed term contracts.
- How should you deal with employees as part of a business sale? GalleryAdvisor Interest, Areas of Law, Business, Business Interest, Commercial/Business, Companies, Contracts, Employment, Employment contracts, Facebook Published, LinkedIn Published, Marketing, Newsletter Published, Newsletters, Practice areas, Resources, Twitter Published
Dealing with employees and their entitlements as part of a business sale or acquisition is not straight-forward. There are plenty of traps and tricks for the uninitiated. Find out what you need to know.
- If you saw it on an episode of Mad Men, don’t do it… GalleryBusiness Interest, Employment, Facebook Published, Individual Interest, LinkedIn Published, Litigation, Marketing, Newsletter Published, Newsletters, Policies and procedures, Twitter Published
Sexual harassment can cost a business dearly in terms of lost productivity, staff turnover, recruitment costs, legal fees and court awarded damages. Two recent court cases have shown us that courts are now prepared to make increasingly large awards to compensate victims of sexual harassment. Here we give you the tools to identify sexual harassment in the workplace, and provide the steps you need to take to prevent it.
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