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Fair Work Act Changes – Workplace Bullying

Articles August 1, 2013

Fair Work Act Changes – Workplace Bullying

The recent amendments to the Commonwealth Fair Work Act which are intended to address the issue of Workplace bullying have been passed and have been given a date to commence of the 1 January 2014, rather than the 1 July 2013 as had been originally intended. The new provisions in the Fair Work Act enable employees who allege that they have been the subject of bullying in the workplace to…

Preparing Wills and Estate Planning

Preparing Wills and Estate Planning

The rapid recent expansion of internet-based accounts and personal websites creates a new issue to be considered when undertaking the preparation of a Will or planning for the Administration of your Estate. It may well be appropriate for your Executor to access certain online accounts, particularly bank accounts or accounts with financial institutions which may contain assets or record liabilities which the Executor will need to deal with. However, it…

Changes to the Fair Work Act 2009

Articles July 19, 2013

Changes to the Fair Work Act 2009

Changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 which come into force from the 1 January 2014 deal with the right of employees to request flexible working arrangements. The right to request flexible working arrangements will be extended to employees in a variety of new and different circumstances. These will include employees over the age 55, those with caring responsibilities or employees with a disability amongst others. The right to request…

Sex Discrimination

Articles July 18, 2013

Sex Discrimination

The Federal government has recently passed Legislation which will amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. These changes will come into force once the amending Act has received royal assent. Once that formality has been completed then sexual orientation, gender identity and inter-sex status will become attributes that are protected from discrimination. In addition, same sex de facto couples will be within the protection of the marital status attribute which is…

Altruistic Surrogacy Arrangements

Family Law July 11, 2013

Altruistic Surrogacy Arrangements

The recent decision of the Family Court of Australia in the case of Mason and Mason and another, highlights the different outcomes that can result between the Surrogacy Act in Queensland and the more limited options available under the Family Law Act. Whilst this case was decided in New South Wales the outcome would have been very similar in Queensland. In the case of Mason, because the applicants to the…

Congratulations to Mark Game

Articles June 25, 2013

Congratulations to Mark Game

Aylward Game Solicitors extends its congratulations to Founding Partner Mark Game on him achieving the significant milestone of 25 years of Legal Practice. This is a significant achievement especially as he continues to focus on achieving the best outcome for his client’s with the same good humour as when he started in 1998. Congratulations to Mark from everyone at Aylward Game. Aylward Game Solicitors Contact

Mobile Legal Advice

Conveyancing Courts June 19, 2013

Mobile Legal Advice

In response to an increasing level of demand and a number of requests, Aylward Game Solicitors have formalised and formally launched their Mobile Lawyer Service. Although it was something Aylward Game often undertook in any event, they have now formally launched their Mobile Lawyer Service. Commenting on the development, partner Ian Field said he recognised that with the busy lives that many of us lead, it is not always possible…

Family Law Issues the Same the World Over

Family Law June 13, 2013

Family Law Issues the Same the World Over

We may be separated by half of the globe but similar Family Law issues crop up for lawyers in England and Wales as they do in Australia. Family lawyers and corporate lawyers in England and Wales have been waiting anxiously for a decision which has just been handed down by the Supreme Court in England and Wales in a Case called Petrodel v Prest. The case involved very large sums…

Cursing or Swearing In the Workplace

Employment Law May 17, 2013

Cursing or Swearing In the Workplace

The question of whether it is acceptable to swear in the workplace has been recently considered by the Fair Work Commission. In the case of Roderick Macdougall v SCT Pty Limited t/a Sydney City Toyota, Sydney City Toyota dismissed Mr Macdougall for allegedly behaving aggressively towards and swearing at a customer. Mr Macdougall, brought an Application to the Fair Work Commission alleging that he had been unfairly dismissed. The Fair…

Beware the Pitfalls of Email

Employment Law March 21, 2013

Beware the Pitfalls of Email

A case that came before the Superior Court of Ontario in Canada recently serves as a salutary reminder of the dangers that can befall a business who are not very careful with their use of email. In this case, a Senior Manager sent an email to their Lawyer regarding the possible termination of employment of one of their employees. Unfortunately the manager mistakenly cc'd that email to the Employee who was being…

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