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Latest Case

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks appoints restructuring and insolvency partner in Sydney January 14, 2019

Monday 14 January  Maddocks has appointed its second new partner in a month with the appointment of Danielle Funston. Danielle is a restructuring and insolvency lawyer who advises clients on recoveries, liquidations, corporate restructuring and … Continued

Latest Article

Made in Australia: Tightened restrictions on the use of country of origin labels January 14, 2019

The recent decision of Nature’s Care Manufacture Pty Ltd v Australian Made Campaign Limited by the Federal Court of Australia has provided much needed guidance on the requirements for ‘Made in Australia’ and other country … Continued

Reading Room

  • Casual employment in turmoil

    Both employer and employee groups have reacted in the wake of the recent Federal Court decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 (Skene). The Skene case concerned a ‘fly in, fly out’ … Continued

  • 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