Insights Categories: Workplace Relations & Safety

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Selling your business? Don’t forget an important asset – your employees!

If you are selling your business, careful consideration must be given to your employees and what will happen to their employment as a result of the sale. Assuming the sale is to an unrelated entity (so the employing entity will change), the employees will either transfer with the business to the new owner or their […]

Aim for a pain-free goodbye

Meridian Lawyers assists pharmacists across Australia with the sale and purchase of their pharmacies. Whether you have negotiated a sale yourself or through a business broker, you will need a solicitor with pharmacy experience to prepare and negotiate the contract of sale, and manage the transaction through to completion on your behalf. Here is a […]

Meridian’s Employment Principal elected ALERA President

Meridian Lawyers’ Principal Sharlene Wellard has been elected President of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA), commencing 1 January 2016. ALERA is the national branch of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) and it is the longest standing and most prestigious industrial relations association in Australia. View Sharlene’s profile here.

Meridian Lawyers assists with NAPSA’s constitution overhaul

Meridian Lawyers has assisted the National Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) in a major overhaul of its constitution and restructure of its corporate status. NAPSA aims to be the voice of Australian pharmacy students, representing the interests of 3,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying pharmacy at 18 universities across Australia. Prior to instructing Meridian, NAPSA took […]

Watch out for that last step

The Supreme Court of NSW has found a construction company employer liable for its failure to warn an employee to refrain from standing upon the top rail of a scaffolding structure which was defective in any circumstances but accepted that the scaffolding company did not leave the scaffolding in such a deficient state three days […]

Positive partnerships: the comforts of a good partnership agreement

Talking to your business partner about how day-to-day business will be managed is an invaluable step in your business planning and road to success. As change is one of the certainties of life, also talking to your business partner about the future, and what should happen if circumstances change, is important to provide each of […]

Employment relations principal joins Meridian team

Meridian Lawyers welcomes experienced employment practitioner Sharlene Wellard to the firm’s employment law team in the Sydney office commencing 8 July 2014. Sharlene is a highly regarded senior practitioner with extensive experience in employment and industrial law. She provides strategic advice and advocacy in all areas of industrial law, employment, discrimination, occupational health and safety […]

The cost of doing business: an open and shut case for a child care centre

A case with a fortunate outcome highlights the need for child care operators to be vigilant in actioning issues identified for maintenance, which potentially impact on safety. This case also confirms the importance of clear and open communication. The facts In this case a parent inadvertently left an entrance gate open at a child care […]

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