Drug testing employees? Make sure you’ve got a policy in place.

By | April 10th, 2017|HR/IR, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter This article was first published by SmartCompany on 6 April 2017. You suspect one of your staff members is regularly turning up to work affected by their drug intake. Or there’s been an incident at work, and an investigation has uncovered that the staff member involved was impaired by alcohol at the [...]

Out Cold: How sporting clubs should manage the health and legal risks of concussions

By | April 10th, 2017|Litigation, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By George Williams  As the NRL season in Australia kicks off for another year, there is one thing that we can be guaranteed to see on the field several times before the season ends – players experiencing concussion. Due to the nature of contact sports, concussions are inevitable - independent research undertaken by the NRL [...]

Being Successful at Trial Part 1: Analysing the Evidence

By | March 23rd, 2017|Litigation, News|

By Kerrie Jackson Defendants in workers compensation claims in Queensland may well feel encouraged by a number of favourable decisions in recent years.  Irrespective of whether the pendulum has begun to swing, success at trial will ultimately come down to two key elements – case selection and case preparation. This article considers one of the [...]

8 Ways Facebook Posts can Help or Hinder Your Divorce

By | March 22nd, 2017|Family Law, News|

by Vanessa Hernandez “She/he is purposely withholding the child. She/he constantly says he is unwell and can’t see me but I know that’s not true.” As a family lawyer, I hear statements like this from clients all the time. While in years gone by we would probably hire a private investigator to try and prove or [...]

How FIT is your OHS System?

By | February 22nd, 2017|News, Safety|

By Georgina Wong I frequently encounter businesses that are overwhelmed by never-ending obligations to comply with occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements in the workplace.  Whether it be statutory obligations or contractual conditions imposed by business partners, the task of ensuring the OHS system meets these expectations is an ongoing challenge for employers. Unfortunately there [...]

What should employers do about EBA’s in the absence of Australian Industrial Relations reform?

By | February 16th, 2017|HR/IR, Industrial Relations|

By John Salter, BTS Accord. “We would have liked to have seen a more ambitious agenda by the government over the last three years on industrial relations, there’s no doubt about that.” This is a quote from Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia (BCA), to Australian Agenda in June 2016. Her [...]

What should you do when an employee goes AWOL? It’s not as straightforward as you might think.

By | February 14th, 2017|HR/IR, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter, BTSAccord One day Mary doesn’t show up to work. You don’t hear from her to say that she’s sick, has an injury, or giving any explanation for her absence, and it’s out of character for her to not show up. But then she doesn’t show up the next day, or the day [...]

7 tips to surviving your first Valentine’s Day after Separation

By | February 14th, 2017|Family Law|

By Vanessa Hernandez Valentine’ s Day. The day we imagine being swept off our feet by the person we love. A day that’s all about flowers, thoughtful surprises, candlelight and big declarations of love. But if it’s your first Valentine’s Day post separation, you’re likely to be feeling more fed up than loved up. But before you go [...]

My ex and I have come to a verbal agreement. Do we still need to put it in writing?

By | January 24th, 2017|Family Law, Separation Agreements|

by Vanessa Hernandez You and your former partner have talked and negotiated, and you’ve managed to come to an agreement regarding your parenting and/or property matters.  Things are going well, and you’re feeling thankful that your divorce hasn’t turned out the same way as some of the nasty divorces we all see on TV or [...]

5 ways to save on public liability insurance for contract and labour hire staff

By | January 8th, 2017|News, Public Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

by Ryan Kennedy No one wants to pay more than they have to for insurance. Yet one cost that is on the rise for many businesses is public liability insurance as employers look for more flexibility to manage the peaks and troughs of business. While it may seem easy for employers to engage external contractors and [...]