Debt Recovery – What can you do to legally recover debts owed to you?

What is debt recovery? Debt recovery involves recovering money that is owed to someone (creditor) by someone else (debtor). In many cases, the creditor has provided goods or services to the debtor but the invoiced amount remains unpaid. How can I recover a debt? The first step is to issue a letter of demand. This…

Generals Protections claims – Employers Beware!

Following my recent unfair dismissal article I now look at how employers can defend general protections claims made to the Fair Work Commission. What are the general protections? General protections are contained in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). Under the Act employers are prohibited from taking adverse action against an employee because they have,…

Hatch your brilliant new business idea with the help of an incubator

“Stop, collaborate and listen…” The immortal words of 90s-rapper Vanilla Ice can help us understand why business incubator programs have become so popular, and how they are helping startups achieve success. Incubators facilitate a collaborative process that provides the advice, support, education and skills that entrepreneurs need to develop and grow their business. Why go…

Defending an unfair dismissal claim? Here’s what you can expect.

As a business owner, if you have to dismiss an employee there is always a chance they will make an unfair dismissal claim against you. Obtaining advice before dismissing the employee will place you in a good position to defend the claim. We now look at the unfair dismissal process and what you need to…

Making Staff Redundant – The Do’s and Don’ts

Last week, I wrote about things businesses should consider before deciding to make an employee redundant. This week, we look at the process for making an employee redundant and some of the Do’s and Don’ts. It is essential that you keep in mind that it is the role that is being made redundant, not the…

Thinking about letting staff go after JobKeeper? Think about this first…

Are you thinking about letting staff go when Jobkeeper payments end? Katherine Hietbrink, Employment Lawyer and HR Advisor, tells us what to consider before making staff redundant during this time.   Over the next 4 weeks Katherine will be providing information on the do’s and don’t of redundancies, unfair dismissal claims and general protections for…

A WOMEN’S WORLD IN POLITICS – IS IT POSSIBLE?

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There is a growing belief in the community that women must be given a seat at the various powerful political tables post COVID-19. These voices are not being heard on these critical decision-making committees in the numbers that women believe they should be.  As these decisions in the future evolve there is now a strongly…

A class divide in Worker’s rights

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For a society that prides itself on egalitarianism the  ‘mounting evidence that vulnerable workers have borne the brunt of health and financial impacts calls for a broader reform of an industrial relations system that has allowed a class divide in working conditions to fester.’(Conversation, 17/08/20) Both aged-care and meat-processing workers are on the front line…

Employers exposed to work-from-home injury claims, say lawyers

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Physiotherapists are reporting more complaints of sore backs and necks due to poorly set up home offices. Companies preparing to allow staff to work from home on a more permanent basis may be opening themselves up to workplace injury claims, lawyers say. Zac Lowth, National Operations Manager at Employ Health, a provider of workplace health…

Redundancies Proceed with caution!

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Rosa Raco, Principal & Katherine Taylor, Law Student WHAT IS A GENUINE REDUNDANCY? For a redundancy to be genuine, it needs to meet the requirements set out under section 389 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act). This is replicated below for your convenience. If a redundancy is s 389 firstly outlines the meaning…