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In what situations can an employee be summarily dismissed?

Sacked for serious misconduct – summary dismissals

We've noticed a spike in employees being terminated ‘summarily’ or without notice, for alleged serious misconduct since the COVID-19 pandemic started. So, what is serious misconduct and why might there be a spike? What can you be instantly terminated for and can you challenge being sacked summarily?

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What are my WHS rights and entitlements during the coronavirus?

Are you safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic? WHS rights and entitlements

As coronavirus continues to play an increasing risk to all Australian workers, your employer must allow you to work from home wherever and whenever you can. This should include the modification of business practices where possible. Learn all about your WHS rights here.

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PPP500 scheme for property settlement

The new PPP500 scheme to speed up family law property settlements

A new pilot program for family law matters, known as Priority Property Pool under $500,000 (PPP500 cases) and aimed at expediting eligible property settlement cases, commenced on 1 March 2020.

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What if I can’t comply with my Parenting Orders due to COVID restrictions?

Parenting Orders during COVID-19. What happens if compliance becomes difficult?

If parents have Parenting Orders which have been impacted by the pandemic, for example, the forced shutdown of schools and state borders, they need to communicate with each other and reach a practical solution to resolve these difficulties if it is safe to do so.

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What are my employment rights when working from home?

Employment rights and obligations while working from home during COVID-19

During COVID-19, with it becoming increasingly common to work from home, it is important to consider the legal implications that may arise when moving from your office to your home office.

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Proposed new laws in the NT for emergency workers and PTSD claims related to work

Win for emergency workers with PTSD claims in the NT

The NT Parliament is proposing to introduce laws which will mean dedicated emergency services workers, such as paramedics, firefighters and police, will have any compensation claims, lodged with the necessary supporting medical evidence, for PTSD relating to their work, automatically accepted.

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NSW IR Commission reinstates bus driver over mobile use

Sacked Sydney bus driver reinstated

Hall Payne recently obtained reinstatement for a Sydney bus driver and RTBU member who was sacked by the State Transit Authority (“STA”) for mobile phone use.

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What happens to my Family Law matter during COVID-19?

COVID-19 and the Family Law Courts

Australia’s Family Law Courts are taking unprecedented precautions and measures during the coronavirus. As they are considered an essential service and therefore remain open until further notice but with new operating guidelines.

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What are my rights if I am being underpaid at work?

Underpayment of wages

With the increasing number of recent cases publicised regarding wage theft across various industries in Australia, it is important that all employees know their workplace rights and entitlements. This is particularly relevant to wage rights including any underpayment of wages.

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Can I claim workers compensation for COVID-19?

COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation

If in the course of your employment, you are exposed to persons who have contracted or have been exposed to COVID-19 and you are subsequently diagnosed with Covid-19, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

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Coronavirus and client appointments at Hall Payne Lawyers

Coronavirus and Client Appointments at Hall Payne Lawyers

Book your virtual consultation now, with online and telephone options available.

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Can I quit my job while on workers compensation?

Can I quit my job while on workers compensation?

While you can resign while on workers compensation, it is extremely important to understand that resignation may affect your entitlements. You should ensure you obtain legal advice before resigning.

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