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SEEKING AN EXTENSION TO FILE AN UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATION

SEEKING AN EXTENSION TO FILE AN UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATION Thu, 20 Jun 19
At Affinity Lawyers, we provide both employers and employees with legal advice in relation to many matters which fall under the general umbrella of Employment Law, such as employment agreements, employment contracts, unfair dismissals, general protections claims and more. Following on from our recent article in relation to Unfair Dismissal applications and the strict time limits that apply, we are aware that there are instances where you may need to file an unfair dismissal application out of time so have put together some information in relation to these types of applications.

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UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATIONS - STRICT TIME LIMITS APPLY

UNFAIR DISMISSAL APPLICATIONS - STRICT TIME LIMITS APPLY Fri, 8 Feb 19
Affinity Lawyers on the Gold Coast regularly provides advice to both employers and employees in relation to a range of employment law matters, including (but not limited to) applications for unfair dismissals. An issue which commonly arises in matters of this type, is that people are unaware of the strict time limits involved in filing an application for unfair dismissal. While our Runaway Bay based lawyers are experienced in this area and can navigate the strict timeframes associated with employment matters, they can only do so when they are instructed by the client at the earliest instance. These type of matters become much more complicated if the client delays seeking legal advice and timeframes lapse while they are still contemplating seeking advice.

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IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS Tue, 11 Dec 18
It is that time of the year again when people are starting to relax, and are getting ready to enjoy the Christmas/New Year break after the busy working year and start looking forward to 2019. Therefore, we would like to extend to you some carefully drafted Christmas wishes, with an abundance of lawyer humour: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all . . . and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2019, and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee. (www.urbandictionary.com)

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CAN WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR RESUME COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU?

CAN WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR RESUME COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU? Thu, 27 Sep 18
Most people would concur that it is a common occurrence or perception that people will have, at least some, incorrect facts, inconsistencies, exaggerations or untruths in amongst the true working and education history detailed in their resumes. These types of ‘white lies’, or inconsistencies, are often brushed off as acceptable, and rarely are the ramifications of such inconsistencies considered by people when altering their resume. The practice of over exaggerating work experience or the length of employment completed with a past employer is becoming riskier, as employers are becoming more savvy in investigating prospective employees, and actually following up references from previous employers.

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MINIMUM WAGE RISE IN AUSTRALIA AFTER ANNUAL WAGE REVIEW

MINIMUM WAGE RISE IN AUSTRALIA AFTER ANNUAL WAGE REVIEW Mon, 14 Aug 17
On 6 June 2017, the Fair Work Commission (‘the Commission’) handed down its decision in relation to the annual wage review., As a result, from 1 July 2017, the minimum annual wage in Australia has risen from $672.70 p/w ($17.70 p/h) to $694.90 p/w ($18.29 p/h). Modern award minimum rates of pay will also increase with the change and accordingly, it is important that all employers are aware of their obligations to employees to ensure that they are not in breach of the relevant award or a staff member’s contract of employment. It is also important that staff are aware of the change to ensure they are receiving the correct rate of pay.

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IS YOUR SMOKE ALARM COMPLIANT

IS YOUR SMOKE ALARM COMPLIANT Wed, 1 Feb 17
The Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Act 2016 which came into effect on 1 January 2017, has resulted in various amendments being made to the principal legislation dealing with fire safety in Queensland, namely, the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 (‘Act’). The amendments to the present legislation have been made as a result of a concentrated effort to reduce the number of fatalities from fires in Queensland, which presently tallies at approximately 150 deaths in the past 12 years. Recommendations which were made by the state coroner in relation to the horrific deaths of 11 people in a single house fire in Slacks Creek in 2011 were also taken into account when the suggested amendments were being drafted.

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM AT AFFINITY LAWYERS

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM AT AFFINITY LAWYERS Tue, 13 Dec 16
We cannot believe that yet another year has passed by, it feels like only yesterday we were wishing all of our clients, associates, friends and families a happy and prosperous 2016. We hope that 2016 was indeed a happy and prosperous year for you all, and that 2017 also brings those qualities with it, together with even more positivity and joy.

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DISMISSED BEFORE CHRISTMAS

DISMISSED BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tue, 22 Dec 15
It is hard to believe that while most of us are preparing for Christmas or holidays or spending time with the family, some businesses use this time to dismiss employees in preparation for a fresh start to the New Year. Being dismissed from your employment can be a difficult experience filled with much uncertainty. It is often difficult to know where you stand, what your rights are and how you can resolve the dispute and move forward.

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AM I ENTITLED TO TIME OFF WORK IF MY CHILD IS SICK?

AM I ENTITLED TO TIME OFF WORK IF MY CHILD IS SICK? Thu, 16 Jul 15
As a result of the sudden drop in temperature on the Gold Coast, you may have noticed that the health of your family has also taken a turn for the worst. Unfortunately, this often means that busy parents need to take time off work in order to care for their sick child. You may find yourself faced with an employer who is less than empathetic when it comes to taking time off.

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SELLING OR TRANSFERRING YOUR BUSINESS? WHAT HAPPENS TO THE EMPLOYEES?

SELLING OR TRANSFERRING YOUR BUSINESS? WHAT HAPPENS TO THE EMPLOYEES? Wed, 8 Apr 15
Section 311 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (‘FWA’) sets out some of the circumstances in which a ‘transfer of business’ can occur, and with it, a transfer of liability in respect of employee entitlements (including redundancy entitlements) from the old employer to the new employer. These factors are important to be aware of if you are contemplating purchasing a business because you can become liable for a significant amount of outstanding employee entitlements which can end up costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

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