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Category: Industrial & Employment Law


Mobile phone use while driving

Queensland drivers may soon be hit with a $1,000 fine for using their mobile phone while driving

Key amongst ideas discussed at the recent Government Summit into driver distraction was the possibility of introducing an increase for on-the-spot fines for drivers caught using their mobile phone while driving.

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Can my employer deduct money from my wages?

Can my employer deduct money from my wages?

Deducting money from a worker’s pay may be unlawful and also amount to an underpayment of wages. Likewise, requiring a worker to spend their own money in order to perform their job may amount to a non-payment or underpayment of wages.

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Can I secretly record meetings with my employer?

Can I secretly record meetings with my employer?

In Australia the legality of recording a conversation varies from State to State. Before you record anything, you need to understand the laws that apply to the State you live or work in.

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Fair Work Commission principles to govern interaction between conciliation and arbitration

Significant decision in the Fair Work Commission sets out guiding principles to govern interaction between conciliation and arbitration

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (‘FWC’) recently handed down a significant decision on the practices of a member of the Commission arbitrating proceedings in which they have previously conciliated.

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Professional conduct; maintaining boundaries between health professionals and patients

Professional conduct; maintaining boundaries between health professionals and patients

The health professional/patient relationship isn’t a friendship; it’s a therapeutic relationship directed by the patient’s health needs. There are professional boundaries to be maintained.

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Role of a support person at a disciplinary meeting

Can I have a support person at a workplace disciplinary meeting?

The presence of a support person at a disciplinary meeting is important for emotional support and ensuring the protection of your workplace rights.

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Indemnity costs in the amount of $85,000 awarded against Queensland Police for wrongful trespassing charges

Indemnity costs awarded when court finds ‘right of entry permit holders’ wrongly charged with trespass

In what our clients have described as a “landmark victory”, Hall Payne Lawyers has successfully defended an unprecedented attack by the Queensland Police Service on union officials’ statutory right of entry in Queensland.

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Can I terminate an employment contract early?

I have a twelve month employment contract. Can I terminate it early?

If you have an employment contract with a set duration, it will almost always be possible to terminate that contract early. However, there are a number of consequences that may arise should you choose to do so.

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Clive’s Palmer’s UAP payments to election day workers may not meet the pub test

Clive’s Palmer’s UAP payments to election day workers may not meet the pub test

Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party (UAP) is offering people $200.00 to hand out how to vote cards at the May 2019 election this Saturday in a number of Adelaide seats. But is it lawful?

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Should I be paid for my work experience or internship

Should I be paid for work experience?

Many purported work experience schemes, or to use the du jour word “internships” are unlawful and little more than schemes by which your labour is obtained without payment.

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Is a Restraint of Trade clause in my employment contract fully enforceable?

Is a Restraint of Trade clause in my employment contract fully enforceable?

Strictly speaking, restraint of trade clauses are not fully enforceable. Under the common law doctrine of restraint of trade clauses, such clauses are presumed to be void and unenforceable as contrary to public policy.

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Am I entitled to redundancy payments?

I am a high income earner. Am I protected by redundancy laws?

Redundancy entitlements are guaranteed by the National Employment Standards (NES). Being a high income earner, does not, on its own, prevent you from redundancy entitlements.

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