Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment is unfortunately still a common occurrence in the workplace. The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (Act) describes sexual harassment as any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, it also makes sexual harassment in the workplace unlawful. There are...Read More

Does bullying exist in your boardroom?

Boardrooms are often the place of heated debate over a range of matters affecting the operations of an organisation. Vigorous discussion that airs all possibilities can sometimes be beneficial (and necessary) when making critical decisions which will ultimately...Read More

Unfair dismissal at the end of a fixed term contract. What?

Fixed-term employment contracts are common in many workplaces. Understandably, most employers consider they would be protected from an unfair dismissal claim once the term ends. However, in Saeid Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd t/a Navitas English (‘Navitas’) [2017]...Read More

Can I be sacked for breaching company policies?

The circumstances unique to each case must be considered in determining whether it is lawful to terminate an employee for conduct that contravenes company policy. Generally, however, if a breach of policy results in unlawful conduct such as bullying, harassment or...Read More

Understanding Unfair Dismissal Claims

Unfair dismissal matters can be complex and frustrating for both employers and employees alike.  Since the commencement of the Fair Work Act in 2009, employers have had expanded responsibilities to ensure they correctly terminate employees and more employees are able...Read More

The benefits of mediation in a commercial dispute

Lawyers are often stereotyped as being interested in prolonging an expensive Court action. More often the opposite is true. Lawyers know that Court cases are expensive and that clients are fearful that legal costs could escalate to an intolerable level. Lawyers...Read More