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Biometric scanner dismissal unfair
Insight 11 Sep 2019

In April, we reported on Jeremy Lee being granted permission to appeal after he was dismissed for refusing to use a biometric scanner in the workplace. The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has since decided the dismissal was unfair. ...

Mental health issues not a shield against discipline and dismissal
Insight 11 Sep 2019

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission decided that an employer's decision to dismiss an employee with known mental illness issues was fair. ...

Full Court decides what's in a 'day'
Insight 11 Sep 2019

In a decision with far-reaching implications for employers, the Full Court of the Federal Court has decided that employees who work 12-hour shifts spread over a 36-hour week are entitled to 10 days of their shifts each year for personal/carer's leave. ...

FWC finds dismissal for Facebook post unfair
Insight 11 Sep 2019

The Fair Work Commission recently decided that while an employee's Facebook post breached her employment contract and her employer's social media policy, her dismissal was harsh because it didn't take into account her medical condition, her length of service and the lack of any previous performance issues. ...

New annualised salary requirements to take effect from March 2020
Insight 11 Sep 2019

The Fair Work Commission has finalised its decision in relation to the annualised salary clauses to be inserted into a number of modern awards, with these clauses coming into effect from 1 March 2020 – although many employers are already feeling the impact. ...

App-raisal for two teams at the 2019 tech challenge
Insight 10 Sep 2019

Harnessing the power of technology to achieve positive legal outcomes for the most disadvantaged in our communities. In a nail-biting display of legal problem-solving and technical prowess, the Allens Neota UTS Law Tech Challenge for ...

ACCC contemplates broader powers; new guidance on the IP exemption repeal; and the final word on foreign currency conversion services
Insight 09 Sep 2019

Enforcing the issue: Rod Sims contemplates broader powers ACCC Chairman Rod Sims covered a range of topics in his recent speech to the annual Law Council of Australia Competition Law Workshop, ...

Product safety snapshots – year in review
Insight 05 Sep 2019

The last 18 months were a busy time for product safety. Consumers found redress via the courts (in the form of class actions) and the regulator (in the form of product recalls). With the announceme ...

Flame's copyright claim success a 'dark horse'
Insight 28 Aug 2019

Christian rapper Flame has succeeded in a copyright infringement claim against Katy Perry regarding her single 'Dark Horse', in what some are viewing as an overreach of copyright protection. ...

Mind your followers' social media manners
Insight 28 Aug 2019

In a recent decision , the NSW Supreme Court, found that a company can be considered a publisher of allegedly defamatory comments posted by members of the public on its Facebook page. This puts the ...