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Is it illegal to leave your children alone at home?
in Criminal Law by Slater and Gordon on
With school holidays fast approaching, it might be a timely refresher to see if you can legally leave your child(ren) at home. The laws vary in each state, so it's important to get the facts straight. 
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Whistleblowing protections: are you bulletproof?
in Employment Law by Aron Neilson on
Whilst at common law and through employment contracts employees owe a range of obligations to their employer, including the obligation to preserve confidence, some employees are faced with the unenviable task of working out what to do when they feel the need to report misconduct within their organisation.
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Full Court throws out orders prohibiting unions indemnifying officials against penalties
in Employment Law by Slater and Gordon on
A Full Court of the Federal Court on 21 December 2016 unanimously upheld the CFMEU’s appeal against a decision prohibiting it from paying a civil penalty on behalf of its Victorian organiser Joe Myles in a case brought by Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC). 
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Shire employee denied contractual benefit
in Employment Law by Slater and Gordon on
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has power to deal with claims for benefits that have been denied under a contract of employment pursuant to the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA). Employees or former employees can bring this type of claim within 6 years against their employer/ former employer.
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Victorian labour hire inquiry
in Employment Law by Slater and Gordon on
Victorian Minister for Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins, announced an inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work in Victoria. 
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The perils of electronic lodging of documents with FWC
in Employment Law by Slater and Gordon on
A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission highlights the dangers of being unfamiliar with the FWC Rules and specifically, the Rules about filing documents electronically with the Commission.
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Court finds labour hire worker entitled to annual leave
in Employment Law by Slater and Gordon on
Slater and Gordon’s industrial law team in Queensland recently won a significant case for labour hire employees engaged, in particular, in the mining industry.
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Federal Court recognises HSRs’ right to request assistance
in Employment Law by Slater and Gordon on
The Federal Court has dismissed a case brought by Fair Work Building and Construction against a CFMEU official for entering a work site in response to a request from an HSR.
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Teachers’ working conditions protected
in Employment Law by Slater and Gordon on
Slater and Gordon successfully acted for the Independent Education Union of Western Australia against the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth (the provider of Catholic Education in Western Australia) in an interpretation of an agreement dispute before the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
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“Be Bold for Change” – equal pay in 2017
in Employment Law by Slater and Gordon on
On an important occasion such as International Women’s Day, it is important to be clear about what “the fight for equal pay” means in 2017.
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