Blog

Can employees be dismissed for their conduct outside of work hours?

Can employees be dismissed for their conduct outside of work hours?

Absent specific circumstances being established, employers have no right to control their employees’ conduct outside of work. However, if an employee’s out of work conduct has a significant and adverse effect on their employment, then an employer may be able to take disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment.

Read more

Benefits of contemporaneous notes in legal proceedings

Benefits of contemporaneous notes in legal proceedings

If you’re in a dispute that may end up in legal proceedings, contemporaneous file notes can be used as documentary evidence to corroborate direct oral evidence of a fact. They can be extremely useful in a variety of different situations, including disciplinary, bullying or discrimination issues in the workplace.

Read more

Court ordered and police drug diversion in Queensland

Drug diversion in Queensland

In criminal law matters in Queensland, there are two drug types of drug diversion. One is court ordered drug diversion and the other is police drug diversion. We explore the differences between the two.

Read more

Increased protection for temporary migrant workers

Increased protection for temporary migrant workers

The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Act 2024 received royal assent on 20 February 2024 and commences from 1 July 2024. These changes are being introduced to try to curb temporary migrant worker exploitation and hold employers who conduct themselves this way accountable.

Read more

NSW worker’s compensation win after dog attack while working from home

NSW worker’s compensation win after dog attack while working from home

This case seems to confirm that the Personal Injury Commission NSW will more than likely consider taking a broad view of an injury arising out of the course of employment and employment being a substantial contributing factor when an injury occurs while working from home.

Read more

Closing Loopholes sees significant changes to the Fair Work Act from December 2023

Closing Loopholes sees significant changes to the Fair Work Act from December 2023

In December 2023, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 received royal assent, which will see significant changes to the Fair Work Act. The various changes will take effect at different times from December 2023 through to 2025. None of the changes will operate retrospectively.

Read more

Asbestos compensation claims in Queensland

Asbestos compensation claims in Queensland

Asbestos compensation is not limited to people exposed at work. You may have been exposed in the family home, other private dwelling or a public place. However, in this article, we are going to focus on the compensation options for workers who were exposed to asbestos dust and fibres in the course of their employment.

Read more

Nurse awarded $1.6 million compensation after violent patient assault

Nurse awarded $1.6 million compensation after violent patient assault

The 2023 decision in Wilson v Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service sheds light on the employer's duty of care to its employees and the consequences of failing to meet that duty, particularly in high-pressure environments like healthcare. We dissect the facts, findings, and implications of this significant case which resulted in a worker's compensation common law damages award of over $1.6 million to the injured worker.

Read more

Your guide to worker’s compensation claims in Queensland

Your guide to worker’s compensation claims in Queensland

If you sustain a workplace injury in Queensland, in the midst of undertaking medical treatment and rehabilitation, there is the added stress of navigating the world of worker’s compensation claims. In this article, we provide a simple, yet comprehensive guide for injured workers in Queensland.

Read more

Can I claim TPD and income protection at the same time?

Can I claim TPD and income protection at the same time?

When a worker is sick or injured and unable to return to work, they may claim on disability insurance policies they hold. In this blog, we explain the circumstances where you can claim both TPD and income protection at the same time.

Read more

Bullying at work – your workplace rights

Bullying at work – your workplace rights

We explore what behaviour constitutes bullying under the Fair Work Act and explain the formal complaint pathway to apply to the Fair Work Commission for an order to stop bullying at work.

Read more

How to appeal a Fair Work Commission decision

How to appeal a Fair Work Commission decision

If you’ve participated in a Fair Work Commission hearing about an employment law issue and you’re not satisfied with the result, you might seek to appeal. In this article, we look at grounds for an appeal of a FWC decision and provide a comprehensive overview of the process for appealing a decision.

Read more