On 2 February 2016, the Senate referred to the Community Affairs References Committee the terms of reference for an inquiry and report into the Medical Complaints Process in Australia. The Committee concludes in the Report that there is evidence which suggests the medical complaints process in Australia may be used as a tool for bullying and harassment, including by the making of vexatious or unfounded complaints against a medical practitioner. The Committee also concludes that bullying and harassment remains prevalent throughout the medical profession.
A recent Federal Circuit Court decision confirms how seriously the Fair Work Ombudsman takes sham contracting. That message the Ombudsman wants employers to receive is that “attempting to evade the minimum employment conditions provided by the FW Act by contriving to make employees independent contractors can have serious financial consequences of an adverse kind”.
The Government has proposed changes to Parental Leave Pay, with key crossbench senators raising issues about fairness. If the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016 is passed, it will prevent parents from double dipping into both employer and government funded parental leave schemes when they’re taking time away from the workplace to care for their new born baby.
The TressCox Lawyers Employment, IR & Workplace Safety Team held seminars in our Sydney and Melbourne office during the month of October on ‘Managing employment terminations and resignations’.
There are a lot of things a new entrepreneur needs to think about when setting up a business. Covering all the legal bases is one of them. True, it costs money to get legal advice. But cutting corners and not getting legal advice from the start can cost a great deal more later on if something goes wrong. We know this because we are usually engaged when things have turned sour to wave our magic wands and try and make the problems disappear or at least minimise the fall out. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 60% of small businesses cease operating within the first three years of starting…