Our legal updates focus on important employment law and industrial relations issues.


Legal Updates

RESTRAINT OF TRADE CLAUSES IN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS

Date: January 17, 2017
A recent decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, handed down in late December 2016, Just Group Limited v Peck [2016] VSCA 334 (Peck Case), brings into sharp focus the importance of giving proper care and attention when drafting employee restraint clauses. In this Legal Update we analyse the case… > READ MORE

ANNUALISED SALARY ARRANGEMENTS AND COMPLIANCE WITH MODERN AWARDS

Date: October 24, 2016
Does paying an employee an annualised salary satisfy the employer’s obligations under a modern award? It is common for employers to pay their employees an annualised salary on the assumption that doing so will satisfy the employer’s obligations under any applicable modern award.  A recent decision of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) casts… > READ MORE

LABOUR HIRE WORKERS AND UNFAIR DISMISSAL

Date: September 21, 2016
The decision of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in Pettifer v MODEC Management Services Pty Ltd [2016] FWCFB 5243 (MMS case) indicates that labour hire employers will not breach unfair dismissal laws contained within the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) where they dismiss a worker in accordance with the… > READ MORE