Hiring casual employees – a warning issued to employers by the Federal Court

Reading Time: 5 minutesDetermining whether to classify employees as casual or permanent is a significant decision for any employer. When making such a determination, employers must give consideration to the nature and continuity of work to be undertaken by the employee and the viability of paying casual loading – an amount typically 25% higher than an employee’s base […]

Lawyers in Conflict Resolution – James Matthies from Matthies Lawyers

Reading Time: 1 minutesGet to know Legally Yours member, James Matthies, from Matthies Lawyers Karen Finch, CEO of Legally Yours, recently sat down with James Matthies from Matthies Lawyers. For more information on James’ legal expertise and what makes him right for the Legally Yours marketplace, watch our quick Q & A video. Need debt collection, insolvency,  family […]

Employment Contracts, Restraint Restrictions and LinkedIn

Reading Time: 4 minutesCan you breach your restraint restrictions in your employment contract using LinkedIn? So you’ve decided to move on with your career and taken up an exciting role with a competitor. The problem is you signed a restraint that, on its face, prevents you from poaching employees and clients for 6 months. You move to your […]

Fair Work Act and Impact on Professional Advisors

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe were warned. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has had professional advisors in its sights for a while now and it appears that in the decision of FWO v Blue Impression Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] FCCA 810, the FWO has got its first scalp, or has it? Is it as frightening to professional advisors […]

Wake up call for Contract Service Providers

Reading Time: 2 minutesWhat’s it all about? In an important decision by the Federal Court, the long standing exception to redundancy entitlements based on the “ordinary and customary turnover of labour” has come under the spotlight and will no doubt be the new benchmark relied upon by employee organisations to demand redundancy when service contracts aren’t renewed and […]

Employer’s OH&S Duties To Employees Who Work From Home

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article deals with the following questions: When does an employer owe a duty with respect to occupational health and safety to employees who work from home? What are those duties under the OHS Act 2004? What can or should an employer do to fulfil any obligation owed to employees who work from home? Do […]

7 Tips To Get Your Business Idea Off The Ground

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt is such an exciting experience to start your own business. It is a huge step and there is so much involved. It is common to be completely focused on implementing your ideas to start making money. But there are also legal matters to consider. Here are our top tips to help you on your […]

Moving Roles. Can I Take My Clients With Me?

Reading Time: 2 minutesOur employment lawyers are often asked whether or not it’s possible to take clients with you when starting up a new business or moving roles. We understand the appeal. It’s natural to want to leverage and build on your existing relationships. It’s even quite normal for your clients to want to move with you. However, […]

Unfair Contract Terms. What does it all mean and what’s changing?

Reading Time: 2 minutesAre you a small business that employs less than 20 employees? Does your business use non-negotiable contracts with an upfront price value of less than $300,000? If you answered yes to any of either of these questions, then the new ‘unfair contract terms’ legislation may be applicable to your business. Is your business affected and/or […]

4 Tips to Starting a Business While Still Employed

Reading Time: 3 minutesPlanning to start your own business can be an extremely exciting time in your professional career.  Most new business owners, however, will need to remain employed until their business gets off the ground and they can afford to devote themselves financially to their business full time. In this blog Fiona we provide 4 tips to […]