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Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Nicola Martin

Posted by Aug 30, 2018

Interviewer: Madeleine Jones, Legal Research Assistant – Madeleine is a recent law graduate, having come to law from a career in public health with a compliance focus. Madeleine worked as a Healthcare Consultant, then later with an international development organisation. It was this experience which piqued her interest in the study of law. She sought to […]

Chairman Breaches Bullying Laws

Posted by Aug 8, 2018

In a recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision (Application by Ms A) involving a “stop the bullying” application, the chair of a body corporate committee was found to have bullied Ms A, the co-director of a company that had been contracted to provide property management services. This case demonstrates how the reach of the Fair […]

Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Cathy Fitz Gibbon

Posted by Aug 8, 2018

Interviewer:  Julia Sperac, Marketing/Legal Research Assistant – Julia is a penultimate-year Juris Doctor student at The University of Melbourne. Before studying law, she completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and currently works as a dual Marketing/Legal Research Assistant. How did you get started in law and employment law specifically? Starting from the beginning, I left school […]

Family and Domestic Violence Leave – A New Modern Award

Posted by Jun 22, 2018

As part of the Fair Work Commission’s four year review of modern awards, the Full Bench has determined that Australian employees covered by a modern award and experiencing family and domestic violence should be entitled to five days of unpaid leave. The Commission was satisfied that their decision was a “cautious and regulatory response to this […]

Reminder for employers about wage increases

Posted by Jun 21, 2018

As we come to the end of this financial year, we remind employers that some of you may very soon be required to increase wages for your employees. Are you one of those employers? Read on to consider whether this legal obligation affects you. If you are an employer who pays: • the minimum wage […]

Reflecting on the changing landscape of employment law – Gatehouse Legal interview with Justitia Managing Partner Sarah Rey

Posted by Jun 21, 2018

Recently Sarah sat down with Gatehouse Legal General Manager, Louise Hvala, to discuss the key challenges faced in employment law and measures to consider in adapting to changing times. Below are some topics we believe will be of interest to clients and those looking to foster a positive and healthy workplace for their staff. Staying out […]

Speech delivered by Sarah Rey at the 2018 Sapphire Dinner

Posted by May 8, 2018

Managing Partner, Sarah Rey, recently delivered a speech at the 2018 Sapphire Dinner, hosted by Loreto Mandeville Hall in Melbourne. In light of recent worldwide media coverage on the #MeToo Movement, Sarah provided her suggestions on each person’s role and responsibility in addressing abusive behaviours in the workplace. To read more, click here for Sarah’s […]

Employers beware: You may be on your own at the Commission

Posted by Mar 6, 2018

During a Fair Work Commission (the Commission) matter, seeking permission for a representative to appear on the employer’s behalf may merely seem like a box to be ticked. However recent cases from the Commission serve as a reminder that obtaining permission to have a lawyer or paid agent appear on your organisation’s behalf is not […]

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over – new guidance on maximum term contracts

Posted by Feb 27, 2018

In a case that will have major ramifications for the way employers structure their employment contracts, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has held that an employee employed under a maximum term contract, that ended on the agreed expiry date, is not necessarily excluded from its unfair dismissal jurisdiction. A maximum term contract […]

Proposed whistleblower reforms: What are they, and how could they affect you?

Posted by Dec 5, 2017

For individuals looking to expose misconduct within their organisation, they embark on a dangerous journey. Whistleblowers risk reputational damage, bullying and the loss of their job, along with the stress and financial hardship flowing from their decision to blow the whistle. Whistleblowers have helped uncover Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning scandal, and 7-Eleven’s underpayment of workers, […]