On Wednesday 15th of February 2017 TressCox Lawyers held its Brisbane Building and Construction Annual Review seminar at the Hilton Hotel. The presenting panel of Partners Bill Hickey and Tony Mylne, and Associates Jasmine Blight and Adam Hempenstall covered some of the most important legal developments from the last 12 months and engaged in (informed) speculation on things which may come to pass in the year ahead.
Employment Law Masterclasses provide Brisbane employers and businesses with practical tools on employment and workplace law
Are you HR practitioner, facility / operations manager, business owner or someone who is responsible for managing people? Do you want to invest in your knowledge and provide further protection to your business? In 2017, our Employment, IR & Workplace Safety Law Team will be launching a series of in-depth Masterclass Workshops in Brisbane.
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.