Unfair dismissal – get it right at the start

If you don’t pay attention to this one important detail at the start, you could lose your right to bring an unfair dismissal claim. In Western Australia, two unfair dismissal jurisdictions operate side by side. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) has created a national workplace relations system, and there is also a separate State system.  Which system.. read more →

Unfair contract terms and small businesses

From 12 November 2016, new laws will allow unfair contract terms in some small business contracts to be declared invalid.  This will give small businesses a remedy when unfair terms are enforced against them. The new laws cover standard form small business contracts entered into or renewed from 12 November 2016.  Unfair contract terms in such contracts may be.. read more →

Data breach mandatory reporting is coming

The Federal Government hopes to pass the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill (Bill) by the end of the year.  If passed, the Bill will amend the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) to introduce a mandatory data breach notification scheme (Scheme). The proposed change At the moment, entities subject to the Privacy Act have to take reasonable.. read more →

Annual leave – take the money and … stay?

Annual leave changes in most modern awards took effect from 29 July 2016. The Fair Work Commission has recently made some far-reaching changes to modern award annual leave provisions.  These changes give flexibility to employers and employees wishing to change their leave arrangements.  They also help to prevent issues with large leave accruals. A large number.. read more →