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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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My ex-partner hasn’t returned the kids. What can I do?

My ex-partner hasn’t returned the kids. What can I do?

Your ex has had the children for the weekend but he/she hasn’t returned them to you as agreed. This doesn’t happen often but when it does, it is best to be prepared.

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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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Difference between the Family Law Court and the Federal Circuit Court

The difference between the Family Law Court and the Federal Circuit Court

In Australia, there are two courts your family law matter can be filed or heard in; the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court.

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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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5 useful tips for Family Law mediation

5 useful tips for Family Law mediation

In Family Law, mediation is a tool widely used by the legal profession to encourage parents or former partners to develop solutions to their dispute without having to go to trial.

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Unreasonable KPI's - what can I do?

My employer has introduced unattainable KPIs. What options do I have?

Sometimes, KPIs are unreasonable and used by employers who seek to subject their staff to unrealistic workloads or to create an artificial reason to take disciplinary action.

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My employment contract has a Restraint of Trade. How do I ensure it’s reasonable?

My employment contract has a Restraint of Trade. How do I ensure it’s reasonable?

A restraint of trade clause in an employment contract is intended to operate as a provision which seeks to restrain an employee’s capacity to undertake work during or after the termination of the employment.

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