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  1. FWC extends scope of “worker” in the anti-bullying jurisdiction

    6 September 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Fair Work Commission has allowed a request for legal representation by the respondent to a stop-bullying order application made by a charity foster carer. The respondent has raised a jurisdictional objection on the basis that the carer is not a...

  2. FWC rules that dismissal of “strongly progressive” church worker was unfair

    6 September 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    A church worker was unfairly dismissed when she failed to secure a new role in a restructure. In Issue Was the employee’s dismissal a case of genuine redundancy? Was the employee’s dismissal unfair? The Background The applicant (Ms Bleyerveen)...

  3. Tweet at your own risk

    6 September 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    The High Court has recently handed down its unanimous decision in the matter of Comcare v Michaela Banerji [2019] HCA 23 finding that the termination of Ms Banerji's employment with the Department of Immigration was lawful. The judgment brings to an...

  4. Lawyers misguided attempt at office romance goes awry resulting in damages of $170,000

    6 September 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    A sole practitioner lawyer, Mr Hughes, sought to woo a paralegal he employed, Ms Hill. Mr Hughes was under the delusion he was in love with Ms Hill and on this basis maintained his conduct was not sexual harassment. The Court disagreed finding for Ms Hill...

  5. Sexual harassment training an ongoing process

    4 March 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    This is a transcript of BN Special Counsel Corrina Dowling’s editorial that ran in the Weekend Australian on 2 March 2019. I’ve seen them. I’ve written them. They generally start with something along the lines of, “Company X does...

  6. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to discrimination

    20 February 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    Under anti-discrimination legislation, it is irrelevant that a person is unaware that their conduct is discriminatory and/or unfavourable. So too is the person’s motive. This means that a comment, flippantly made or ill-considered, can have...

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