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Top legal risks for employers when staff are working from home
Feature March 27, 2020 2:27 pm By Alison Eveleigh

With new lockdown measures being rolled out on a daily basis to combat COVID-19, vast numbers of Australians have found themselves working from home, many […]

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Lawyers poised for rise in COVID-19-related workers comp claims
Employment March 27, 2020 9:29 pm By Alison Eveleigh

As the number of cases of coronavirus continues to rise and more people work from home, lawyers are predicting a jump in workers’ compensation claims, with 57 claims or notifications already lodged in NSW.

Commonwealth Bank’s gripe with alleged whistleblower’s discovery bid ‘ridiculous’, judge says
Employment March 27, 2020 9:14 pm By Miklos Bolza

A judge has criticised as “meretricious” and “ridiculous” opposition by Commonwealth Bank of Australia to a discovery application by a former general manager who claims he lost his job for blowing the whistle on alleged manipulation of staff bonuses.

HWL Ebsworth softens stance, lets lawyers work from home
Business of Law March 26, 2020 9:08 pm By Christine Caulfield

After insisting that employees remain working in the office despite tough government restrictions to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, HWL Ebsworth has changed […]

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CFMEU says worker tests positive for COVID-19, maintains construction an ‘essential service’
Construction March 26, 2020 3:39 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The CFMEU said Thursday that a Melbourne construction worker had tested positive for coronavirus, but maintained its position that construction sites should be deemed an […]

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BHP wins appeal of unfair dismissal finding for worker over sex toy prank
Employment March 25, 2020 4:32 pm By Alison Eveleigh

BHP has successfully appealed a Fair Work Commission decision that found the mining giant had unfairly dismissed a worker after she placed a sex toy […]

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HWL Ebsworth faces potential workplace claim for keeping lawyers in office
Employment March 23, 2020 10:06 pm By Christine Caulfield

HWL Ebsworth is keeping its offices open and requiring lawyers and staff to work at their desks despite updated government health advice, a decision that […]

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Former Russells solicitor resolves unfair dismissal case against firm
Employment March 20, 2020 9:45 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A former Russells restructuring and insolvency lawyer has resolved an unfair dismissal lawsuit alleging the firm tried to manufacture a reason to terminate his unemployment. […]

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HWL Ebsworth must pay indemnity costs in ex-partner spat after ‘unreasonable’ rejection of compromise
Business of Law March 19, 2020 2:47 pm By Christine Caulfield

HWL Ebsworth is on the hook for the legal costs of an unfair dismissal case won by ex-partner Tim Griffiths, and the law firm must […]

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Tandem unit loses bid to de-class ‘sham’ contracting class action
Class Actions March 18, 2020 2:43 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A unit of Telstra contractor Tandem has lost its bid to de-class a ‘sham’ contracting class action brought on behalf of telecommunications workers who claim […]

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