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New laws and changes that affect Australia from January 1, 2018 and beyond

From January 1, there are a raft of changes coming to welfare, health, education, housing, gay marriage and many other living expenses. This is what’s coming and how it may affect you and your family across Australia. WELFARE $10 million will be set aside for treatment services for job seekers affected by proposed drug testing […]

Employment Law October 3, 2016

Additional Foreign Acquirer Duty

In the 2016 Queensland State Budget the Treasurer announced an intention to amend the Duties Act 2001 (QLD) to introduce additional transfer duty to foreign acquirers, to be known as Additional Foreign Acquirer Duty (“AFAD”). This new duty commences 1 October 2016. What is AFAD? AFAD is an extra amount of duty that applies to […]

Courts Employment Law September 5, 2016

Are the Legal Services Commission (LSC) taking you to QCAT?

SELF REPRESENTATION A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. An important part of the procedure at QCAT is enshrined in section 32 of the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal 2009 (Qld). This permits proceedings to be conducted ‘on the papers’ without resort to usual court procedures such as witnesses being cross-examined […]

Employment Law Litigation May 14, 2016

What Are The Responsibilities And Entitlements During A Probationary Period?

The concept of a ‘trial period’ or more colloquially “try before you buy” has been accepted as part of the employment relationship for some time and has become more important in recent years as employers face an increasing risk of a costly claim by an employee that the ending of their employment was ‘unfair’. Such […]

Employment Law April 8, 2016

Mental Illness in the Workplace

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that one in five (5) Australian adults experience some form of mental illness every year? This serious illness has increased over the past 5 years, which now have seen around 45% of Australians aged between sixteen (16) and eight-five (85) experiencing a mental illness at some point in their […]

Articles Employment Law September 25, 2015

Fingerprint and DNA Testing for Employees

Fingerprint and DNA testing: Would you let your employer fingerprint you and take your DNA? Of course not. You are wrong, it is about to be implemented at a prominent Brisbane Hospital. Fingerprinting that is. George Orwell 1984 eat your heart out, Pink Floyd will need to release ‘Another Brick in the Wall-Part 4’. This goes […]

Employment Law March 19, 2015

Are Employees Required To Supply Health Information To Employers?

This is a question which comes up quite often and employees are often concerned about the privacy of their health information and may be reluctant to provide that information. Employers have a duty to provide a safe work place and a safe system of work and a safe workplace for all employees. The Fair Work […]

Articles Employment Law December 8, 2014

How to Leave Your Christmas Party with Your Dignity (And Job)

Christmas is coming….and while the staff are jolly, HR departments are shaking at the knees facing the impending Office Christmas Party. So here’s your guide to avoid post-party problems and steer well clear of a discrimination claim. Don’t drink too much.  We all know that staff member that had a few too many at last […]

Criminal Law Employment Law January 14, 2014

Work Place Sexual Harassment

In the decision in a case known as Ewin v Vergara (No. 3) (2013) the Federal Court has clarified the position under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 as to what is a workplace for the purposes of unlawful sexual harassment. In this case the Respondent attempted to argue that common areas of the office, such […]

Employment Law October 31, 2013

Tweeting About Employment Law

Social media and employment law have again been the focus of litigation in Australia. Michaela Banerji was a public servant in the Immigration Department. Ms. Banerji also operated a Twitter account, anonymously, upon which she posted comments, many of which were critical of Government Policy as well as individual Politicians. In proceedings before the Federal […]