Insights Categories: Workplace Relations & Safety

May 2, 2018

INSIGHT: Unfair Dismissal claims under fixed term contracts

In order to be eligible to bring an Unfair Dismissal claim against an employer, an employee must, among other things, have been dismissed at the employer’s initiative. Historically, employees engaged on a term contract were generally not eligible to make an Unfair Dismissal claim as the contract ended due to the effluxion of time rather […]

Nov 14, 2017

INSIGHT: Increased Powers of the Fair Work Ombudsman – Is your Business Vulnerable?

New legislation has recently been introduced which was sparked by the discovery of a number of large organisations found to have engaged in systematic underpayments and exploitation of workers. The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 provides the Fair Work Ombudsman with greater investigative and enforcement powers, introduces penalties for providing false or […]

Sep 28, 2017

INSIGHT: Significant $1.3m payout warns employers to take employee bullying complaints seriously

The Supreme Court of Victoria[1] has sent a solemn message to employers to sit up and listen to employees who make complaints of bullying and harassment in the workplace, by awarding damages in excess of $1.3 million to a plaintiff suffering psychiatric and physical injuries because her employer failed to provide a safe working environment. […]

Mar 8, 2017

INSIGHT: Finalist in Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards

Meridian Lawyers is proud to announce that Partner Sharlene Wellard has been nominated as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards for the Workplace Partner of the Year. The Workplace Partner of the Year Award recognises a partner who has kept up with the demands of workplace relations law, advising a […]

Feb 21, 2017

INSIGHT: Trends in business sales and purchases: assignment of leases

During 2016 Meridian Lawyers acted for many clients in the successful sale or purchase of a wide variety of businesses from child care businesses to dental practices, pharmacies and fitness businesses, to wineries. Where a business occupies premises under a lease, the lessor may not always be pleased to learn that their tried and trusted […]

Feb 21, 2017

INSIGHT: Is Big Brother watching?

A common concern for many employers is the extent to which they can monitor employees in the workplace. Specific legislation regulating workplace surveillance exists in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and in other states workplace surveillance is regulated by legislation dealing with specific electronic surveillance devices or methods. The overall implication for […]

Dec 7, 2016

INSIGHT: Meridian’s Principals recognised as leading lawyers by Doyles Guide

Meridian Lawyers is delighted to be recognised in the Doyles Guide 2016 listing of leading law firms in 9 categories. Doyle’s Guide has also recognised Meridian’s Principals, who have been identified by their peers for their expertise and abilities in the following areas of practice: Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyers (Defendant) Recommended: Nevena Brown, Sydney Dust […]

Dec 7, 2016

INSIGHT: Have you planned your party properly?

As the end of the year swiftly approaches, along with it comes the inevitable festive season celebrations of office parties and other functions. Although it is a time to celebrate the year that was and recognise the hard work by staff, employers need to ensure that adequate planning has been done. The best way to […]

Dec 7, 2016

INSIGHT: Are you selling a child care business?

Whether you have negotiated the sale of your child care business yourself or through a business broker, you will need a solicitor with child care experience to prepare and negotiate the contract of sale, and manage the transaction through to completion on your behalf. The legal process can be broken down into six distinct stages […]

Sep 8, 2016

INSIGHT: Women in Law Awards finalist: Mentor of the Year

Meridian Lawyers congratulates Principal Sharlene Wellard on her selection as a finalist in the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2016 for Mentor of the Year. Managing Principal Paul Baker said, “A highly regarded employment practitioner, Sharlene joined Meridian’s employment law team in July 2014. She has driven innovative policies involving flexible work practices, social media […]

Jun 15, 2016

INSIGHT: Tackling tardiness

Do you have an employee who is regularly late for work?  A one-off is excusable but how should you deal with an employee who is habitually late? A child care centre is a business that depends on the reliability of its employees.  Strict ratios must be maintained at all times and having unreliable employees can […]

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