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Advising global cryptocurrency exchange operators on entry into Australian market July 31, 2018

The rise in popularity and demand for cryptocurrency trading has resulted in a number of cryptocurrency exchange operators expanding into different countries, including Australia, to create a global brand. In Australia, new laws and regulations … Continued

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Maddocks advises French firm on major construction company acquisition August 6, 2018

Monday 6 August 2018 Law firm Maddocks recently advised French firm Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of leading Australian construction and fitout business AW Edwards. The acquisition is a key part of Bouygues’ continued expansion … Continued

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Do your construction documents conform with the new Ministerial Directions and Instructions for Public Construction Procurement? August 15, 2018

Are you a state government department or public body which procures public construction works and services? Are you in the process of determining which form of contract will be most appropriate for your procurement to issue … Continued

Reading Room

  • Employment, Safety & People 2017 in Review

    The Maddocks Employment Safety & People 2017 In Review summarises and analyses some of the significant cases that have shaped employment, safety and industrial relations law in 2017. This publication covers general employment law, enterprise agreements and bargaining, bullying, … Continued

  • 2015 In Review – Employment in the Public Sector

    Our Victorian Employment, Safety and People team is delighted to provide you with a short overview of the year that was. Our 2015 In Review – Employment in the Public Sector is a brief snapshot of … Continued

  • Liability of occupiers of land for injuries sustained by people engaging in recreational activities

    An occupier of private land owes a duty to take reasonable care to avoid foreseeable risks of injury to other persons on that land: Australian Safeway Stores Pty Ltd v Zaluzna (1987) 162 CLR 479 … Continued

  • Commission hits back at workplace bullying

    In its first formal ruling after a hearing under the new anti-bullying jurisdiction, the Fair Work Commission has ordered that two bullying victims and the perpetrator not approach each other in the workplace. The new … Continued

  • Bullying: an update on ‘reasonable management action’

    The decision of the Fair Work Commission (Commission) in Amie Mac v Bank of Queensland Limited and Ors [2015] FWC 774 addresses the exception to bullying by examining what is meant by ‘reasonable management action’. … Continued

  • FWC defines ‘bullied at work’

    The Fair Work Commission has handed down its first decision to substantively consider the meaning of the anti-bullying provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 in Ms SB [2014] FWC 2104. Why does this case … Continued

  • Support but don’t advocate

    When commencing a performance management process, employers must flag an employee’s entitlement to the presence of a support person in those discussions. However, a recent Fair Work Commission decision has found that right does not … Continued

  • Bullying – history is important

    On Thursday, 6 March 2014, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (Commission) handed down the first substantive case about the operation of the new anti-bullying jurisdiction. The Commission confirmed that its jurisdiction extends … Continued

  • Difficult or disabled? New guidance for councils on avoiding unlawful discrimination

    A starting point Councils are often required to deal with residents who may wish to frequently complain to or about council and its activities, and who may be difficult, unpleasant or even threatening towards council employees. … Continued

  • High Court rules on hotel bed injury

    In the controversial workers compensation case of Comcare v PVYW [2013] HCA 41, the High Court has considered what is meant by the term ‘in the course of employment’. The decision has ramifications for employer … Continued