Employment

Christmas Essentials

Christmas Essentials

To help you navigate you through the silly season, the Employment, Industrial Relations & OHS team bring you this short yet comprehensive guide, Christmas Essentials.

Christmas Essentials will guide on what you need to know about public holiday trading, employing Christmas casual staff and avoiding the legal hangover from the office end-of-year party. 

Hot Issues in Structuring and Rewarding Employees

Hot Issues in Structuring and Rewarding Employees

On 28 October, 2015 Sladen Legal delivered a presentation on various topics in the area of Hot Issues in Structuring and Rewarding Employees.

Topics presented were:

  • Professional Practices Structures – the ATO views and the law - Rob Jeremiah
  • Superannuation and employees - Phil Broderick
  • Employment risks in corporate and business restructures - Louise Houlihan
  • The new employee share scheme regime – the promised land or a mirage? - Carlos Barros

Sladen Snippet – Hefty fine incurred for failure to pay proper notice

Sladen Snippet – Hefty fine incurred for failure to pay proper notice

Failure to pay to an employee proper notice resulted in a HR Manager and the company she worked for being fined in the Federal Circuit Court in Adelaide.

The employee was paid some notice, but not the whole of the notice period required by the Fair Work Act. This underpayment resulted in the employee being underpaid $181.66 (two days’ notice) as a result. 

The HR Manager conceded in the hearing that she knew of the requirements to pay proper notice, but the company claimed confusion had arisen as a result of the interaction of the provisions of the workers compensation legislation in South Australia regarding termination of employment and the Fair Work Act.  The Federal Circuit Court did not accept this as a reasonable excuse, stating the company should have paid the notice as provided by the Act.