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Unpaid Internships: a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, Part 1 – The law as it relates to interns

Published by Erin Kidd - Senior Associate
Aug 17, 2017 in Employment
Unpaid internships are often viewed as a rite of passage for those entering the workforce.  But any business looking to engage an intern must ensure that it does so in accordance with the law.  This 3-part article series explains the relevant law (Part 1), outlines how to set up a proper intern arrangement (Part 2)… View Article
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Reasonable conduct, not perfection – Woolworths Ltd v McQuillan [2017] NSWCA 202 (14 August 2017)

Published by Michael Cooper - Principal
Aug 16, 2017 in Insurance
In the recent case of Woolworths Ltd v McQuillan the NSW Court of Appeal considered that an operator’s duty of reasonable care required keeping a “proper lookout”, not a “perfect lookout”.   First instance Colleen McQuillan (the plaintiff at first instance and the respondent) claimed damages for injuries sustained when she slipped and fell on… View Article
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Purpose and Implementation – Mandatory Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) for Sydney Metropolitan and Wollongong Local Councils

Published by Katharine Huxley - Lawyer
Aug 10, 2017 in Planning and Environment
On 8 August 2017, Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, and Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton, announced that the NSW State Government will introduce a Bill to make Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) mandatory for Sydney and Wollongong Local Councils (the Bill). UPDATE: Since the time this article was published, the bill… View Article
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Raad v VM & KTP Holdings Pty Ltd as Trustee for VM & KTP Nguyen Family Trust [2017] NSWCA 190

Published by Michael Cooper - Principal
Aug 7, 2017 in Insurance
Abdul Raad (the plaintiff at first instance and the appellant) claimed damages for injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell on a wet, tiled, outdoor area at Busby Shopping Village on 13 June 2011. The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal by Mr Raad, confirming the reduction for contributory negligence and finding no evidence… View Article
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Employers of casual workers take note: Fair Work Commission decides to include casual conversion clauses in all modern awards

Published by Dayan Goodsir-Cullen - Principal
Jul 28, 2017 in Employment
Employers should plan ahead regarding the conversion of long-term casual employees to permanent full or part time employment. The Fair Work Commission has ruled that casual conversion clauses and minimum periods of engagement for casual employees must be provided for in modern awards.   Casual employment In 2016, there were almost 2.5 million people engaged… View Article
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Post-employment restraints, Repudiation and Acceptance – Crowe Horwath (Aust) Pty Ltd v Loone [2017] VSCA 181 (7 July 2017)

Published by Maurice Baroni - Principal
Jul 26, 2017 in Employment
The Victorian Court of Appeal has recently held that restraint of trade clauses in employment contracts are unenforceable against a former employee if they have been repudiated by the employer and the employee has accepted the repudiation and terminated the contract.    Background The respondent, Mr Loone, was a senior accountant employed by the financial… View Article
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The connection conundrum: Do businesses have rights to the social media accounts or connections of their employees?

Published by Jimmy Gill - Principal
Jul 19, 2017 in Employment
In a recent article we asked the question: who owns my social media content? In this article we take that enquiry one step further, and tackle the issue of ownership of the social media accounts themselves. Businesses are increasingly realising the value of social media, with platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter often at the… View Article
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