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We have a very comfortable virtual couch at Justitia, which is where we have our best discussions. This is what we’re talking about at the moment.

Sexual harassment in local government – takeaways from the recent VAGO report

Posted by Mar 10, 2021

As a consequence of the current public discussion regarding sexual harassment in the workplace, many organisations are reviewing their policies, particularly relating to complaint handling. Those in the local government sector can gain further insight from the recent Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) report published late last year. The shortcomings identified by VAGO in the […]

Office space – looking to the future

Posted by Mar 2, 2021

@newyorker journalist John Seabrook asks the question whether the pandemic has transformed the office forever. He summarises the existential questions as “What’s an office for? Is it a place for newbies to learn from experienced colleagues? A way for bosses to oversee shirkers? A platform for collaboration? A source of friends and social life? A […]

Additional agreed hours and flexible working directions proposed for 12 modern awards

Posted by Jan 25, 2021

Simplified additional hours agreements Currently, under certain modern awards, part-time employees are entitled to overtime rates where they work more than their ordinary hours of work, or if they work outside of their agreed hours or days of work. The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (IR Bill) proposes to […]

Investigators should be thorough in testing conflicting evidence

Posted by Nov 19, 2020

A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) reminds employers a) of the importance of following a rigorous investigation process when serious allegations of misconduct are made, in this instance, theft, and b) that the FWC has to come to its own objective view as to the existence of a valid reason for termination […]

FWC considering award changes to allow more flexibility to work from home

Posted by Sep 7, 2020

Acknowledging that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated working from home arrangements, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has released a draft modern award schedule addressing working-from-home arrangements (accessed here). It is likely to be particularly relevant for small businesses, who are unlikely to be covered by an enterprise agreement. This draft model schedule may be included […]

Justitia spotlight – An interview with Julia Eastoe

Posted by Jul 8, 2020

Interviewer: Grace Gibson, Legal Research Assistant – Grace is a fourth year Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts student at Monash University and currently works as a Legal Research Assistant. Julia, it has been almost a year since you joined the team here at Justitia. Tell me a bit about your background and career prior […]

Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Kelly Ralph

Posted by Feb 27, 2020

Interviewer: Alexandra Beasley, Legal Research Assistant – Alex is a final year Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts student at Monash University. Alex’s desire to learn from lawyers who take a proactive approach to employment law led her to commence her role as a Legal Research Assistant at Justitia.  Tell us a bit about yourself. […]

Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Melissa Scadden

Posted by Nov 21, 2018

Interviewer: Grant Klemm, Legal Research Assistant —Grant is a final year Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (History) student at La Trobe University and currently works as a Legal Research Assistant. What do you believe is a key challenge faced by employment law at the moment? The way people work is changing. There is a fairly vigorous […]

Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Joanna Betteridge

Posted by Oct 3, 2018

Interviewer: Ellie Kinahan, Legal Research Assistant — Ellie is a final year Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Science (Biology) student at Deakin University and currently works as a Legal Research Assistant. What roles have you worked in prior to coming to Justitia and how do you think it prepared you for a career in employment law? […]

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 […]