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Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • Am I Entitled to Flexible Working Arrangements?

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    Flexible working arrangements are governed by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). You are entitled to request Flexible working arrangements if you have worked for your employer for at least 12 months and you fall into one of the following categories: You are a parent with the responsibility for a child or children who are...

    Employment Law

  • Am I Eligible For Maternity Leave?

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    If you are about to give birth or adopt a child, there are a number of parental entitlements you should be aware of. You may be entitled to both paid and unpaid maternity leave. What is maternity leave? Maternity leave, also known as parental leave, is leave that can be taken when: you give birth;...

    Employment Law, General

  • Terminating employees: how you can be personally liable

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    A person involved in another party’s contravention of the Fair Work Act can be held jointly liable for the contravention. Broadly, to be ‘involved’ in the contravention, the person must have knowledge of the facts of the contravention and must be an intentional participant in the contravention. A court can award financial penalties against the...

    Employment Law

  • Examples of Business Exit Strategies | Succession Planning

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    Those of us who are business owners spend our waking hours focusing on ways to grow our business and ensure its ongoing success. But because none of us is immortal, part of our planning must include considering the mechanism by which we will exit the business, hopefully receiving good value for what we have built....

    Employment Law

  • How To Create A Happy Workplace

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    We all know that happy staff are usually the most productive, but how do we create a happy workplace? And if staff aren’t happy, is it possible to change the dominant workplace culture so that people want to be there, and take responsibility for their work? We spoke to Rod Berry, experienced employment lawyer and...

    Employment Law

  • FWC reduces penalty rates: What this means?

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    “The recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision in the ‘Penalty Rates Case’ has resulted in a reduction of penalty rates across a number of industries. Under the Fair Work Act, the FWC must conduct a four-yearly review of modern awards to ensure that they are meeting the “modern award objective”; that is, to ensure that...

    Employment Law