Fair Work Commission increases minimum wage – is now the right time?

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Fair Work Commission increases minimum wage – is now the best time?The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has raised the minimum wage by 5.2% to $812.60 per week, and 4.6% for all full time and part time Award covered employees in a move touted as a step in the right direction by some, and harsh timing for small business by others.

Sacked for texting too much: What does the Fair Work ruling mean for you?

The Fair Work Commission has upheld the dismissal of a health and safety manager who was fired for sending too many personal text messages during work hours.  The Employer alleged that the employee was sending too many text messages from her work phone relating to her personal business while also managing the company’s health and […]

What you should be looking for in a family lawyer

Family lawyers are a means to an end, or at least they should be. Our job is to help you get through a tough time, and to do so in the most efficient and least costly way possible. You want a lawyer you can build a rapport with and who you know cares for your […]

Looking for a shark lawyer to take down your ex? I’m not that guy

As a family lawyer, I see people in some of their lowest moments. I see them when they’re feeling hurt, abandoned, and insecure about their future or their children’s future. Separation is a moment in life when people feel particularly vulnerable and emotional. Most of my clients cry in the first meeting. In those difficult […]

First Anti-Harassment Case Heard By FWC

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On 24 December 2021, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down the first decision following its expanded anti-sexual harassment jurisdiction (as outlined in our November 2021 update). The incident involved the complainant alleging bullying and sexual harassment by two workers from a neighbouring business in the same warehouse complex. Whilst the FWC could make orders […]

5 February 2022 – Deferral of Borders Reopening

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It appears that the Government has altered its original position from reopening the State’s hard border on 5 February 2022.  Notwithstanding the change of position, it is still recommended that employers take steps now to prepare for an inevitable spread of COVID-19 within the community, to minimise any disruption to its workforce and clients.  This […]

Dismissal of an Employee Due to Intellectual Property Theft

In September 2021, a former employee made a claim for unfair dismissal against Amplified AI (the Employer), with the matter proceeding to formal arbitration in the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The Employer discovered that the employee had made a design system available online, with remarkable similarities to one he was developing in his capacity as […]