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It is not that uncommon for employers to mistakenly overpay an employee, or to allow employees to take leave in advance, resulting in a benefit to the employee. The question then arises as to whether the employer can recoup the overpayment.
Posted on:
15 Feb 2019
Welcome back to all our readers and best wishes for a successful 2019!
Posted on:
1 Feb 2019
It is now 12 months since the insidious discriminatory and sexually predatory behavior of powerful Hollywood moguls was exposed by a few very brave women. It is also 12 months since the phenomena of the #metoo movement. The fallout from all this publicity is certainly a heightened awareness of the unacceptable behaviours that occur at work, mostly against women. Now with the Christmas and New Year period upon us, many employers will be celebrating the end of 2018 with their employees.
Posted on:
7 Dec 2018
Administrators, receivers and trustees in bankruptcy are appointed over businesses every day of the week. Many of those businesses hold a licence of one kind or another. Does such an appointment affect the operation of the licence? If so, does the appointee actually have any business to operate or sell at all once appointed?
Posted on:
4 Dec 2018
It is that time of year again. Employers are looking at the holiday period and how this is managed. Many employers will be closing down operations over the festive season and want employees to take this time as annual leave. However, employees are not always so willing to take annual leave at this time.
Posted on:
26 Nov 2018
Bank of Queensland Ltd v AIG Australia Ltd [2018] NSWSC 1689 (6 November 2018) In brief
Posted on:
21 Nov 2018
Last night I attended the eightieth commemoration of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass at Sydney’s Great Synagogue. The events that occurred in Nazi Germany and its surrounding European countries, on Kristallnacht was the precursor to the worst atrocity committed by humans against one another in modern times, if not all times.
Posted on:
9 Nov 2018
In this week’s article we consider the continued effect of the #MeToo movement on Australian workplaces, the legal definition of sexual harassment and an employer’s responsibilities in relation to sexual harassment in the workplace. Most importantly, we consider what steps employers should be taking within their business to reduce the risks in this area. We also examine a recent decision which demonstrate the changing attitude of the Fair Work Commission towards sexual harassment in the workplace.
Posted on:
26 Oct 2018
Is it acceptable for an employee to approach the clients and connections of their previous employer for the benefit of a new employer? The answer to this question depends on a number of matters including whether the employee is subject to restraints preventing such conduct, whether the approaches to the clients occurs before or after the employee leaves the employment and whether the employee uses their old employer’s confidential information.
Posted on:
12 Oct 2018
When an employee or independent contractor leaves a business, they have the potential to significantly damage the business by misusing confidential information and client relationships. To prevent this, many businesses utilise restraints and confidentiality clauses within their employment contracts and independent contractor agreements.
Posted on:
28 Sep 2018

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