Facebook – Friend or Foe?

I recently spoke to a group of school leavers about potential careers. One of the issues I discussed was the risk of Facebook to their future employment. Employers are catching onto the idea of using Facebook as a means to find out about potential employees. Potential employees need to be aware that what they put

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Would you risk your Lamborghini

We are gradually seeing more cases coming through regarding the PPSA (Personal Property Securities Act). A recent case that was handed down in September, Auto Moto Corporation Pty Ltd v SMP Solutions Pty Ltd [NSW] 1403 (19 September 2013), involved a document that may have given a security interest over a Lamborghini Aventador. Personally, I

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Love in the workplace

It is well known that a lot of time is spent interacting with work colleagues. That time may lead down the path of love, but how do you, as an employer, deal with this? What about those inappropriate emails back and forth? The time wasted at the photocopier? The complaints from other staff of less

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Don’t bury your head in the sand

The recent Fair Work Act changes provide (to most) workers more avenues to complain about being bullied in the workplace. The Commission will be responding swiftly to complaints and will have powers to make orders that will impact business. Bullying claims are on the increase, so employers need to be aware and proactive regarding: 1.

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Workplace Bullying

One of the largest growing areas for claims against employers is for breach of contract or adverse action regarding harassment and bullying in the workplace. Harassment and bullying results in huge losses in the form of inefficiency, sick days and claims. It is now a requirement of the Work Health and Safety Act that employers

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Awards

Employers often run a risk by paying lump sum salaries to award covered employees… But why? The risk lies in two forms. Firstly, employees forget to check award increases. This means that employees can start by being paid well above the award but over time the award catches up and overtakes the payment. Secondly, a

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Voluntary Wage Audits

When we speak to Employers and business owners about their employment processes, the most common response we have is that “we want to do the right thing by our staff, but we are just not sure we are complying”. An easy way to protect yourself from the risk of failing an audit from The Fair

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