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Should I Conduct a Formal Investigation into Misconduct?

When is there a need to conduct a formal investigation? As a general rule, if a number of employees are involved, there is more than one incident complained about or there are a number of conflicting stories, a formal investigation is essential to ensure reliable findings. If the potential consequences are very significant for the [...]

By | July 19th, 2019|Employment Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘Risky Business?’ or Just More Red Tape?

Why is a Risk Management ‘framework’ important? No matter what the business decisions or activity, there is inherent risk at every step of the way. A business needs to manage its risks because they have a direct impact on the rewards. Generally, the greater the risk, the greater the possible returns, but taking a ‘long [...]

By | June 30th, 2019|Business Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Workplace Misconduct Investigations

While every workplace will face the reality of employee misconduct at some stage, it is surprising how unprepared we find most employers are when it comes to dealing with the reality of alleged misconduct. Here are a few of the traps you may encounter with some tips to help you navigate a sound process of [...]

By | May 1st, 2019|Employment Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Guide to Managing Underperformance

Underperformance needs to be addressed promptly so that it does not become more serious over time and ultimately affect the productivity performance, or culture of the entire workplace. As a manager you need clear procedures, organisational support and the courage and willingness to confront the issue. Below is our recommended approach to managing performance issues [...]

By | April 8th, 2019|Blog, Employment Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

As a Not for Profit or School – Do We or Don’t We opt in?

The National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) became law on 1 July 2018. It establishes a system of redress for survivors of past institutional child sexual abuse and applies now to all States and Territories. The Scheme is designed to provide a simple and streamlined alternative to taking civil [...]

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By | May 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Crafting a Great Parenting Arrangement After Divorce

In Australia, the law encourages both parents and other people interested in the care and welfare of a child to agree on parenting arrangements, including where and with whom the child will live, how the child will be financially supported and what that child’s  relationship with other family members will be. Indeed, children have a [...]

By | October 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Common Divorce Pitfalls to Avoid

Maybe you didn’t see it coming. Maybe you’ve known it was going to happen for some time. Maybe it’s a well-contained no-fault divorce. Maybe it’s not so amicable. Either way, you’ve got a few things to worry about right now… (Before you consider the Common Divorce Pitfalls) […]

By | July 3rd, 2017|Family Law, Property, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pet Custody and Consideration of Pets in Family Court Proceedings

When a couple separate, whether they have been married or in a de facto relationship, they usually need to resolve how to divide their property. How are family pets treated? […]

By | March 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dog attacks

Given an ongoing trend of dog attacks and increasing community concern, local governments are becoming increasingly active in prosecuting owners of dogs which attack people or other animals. The Dog Act 1976 (WA) contains a number of offences dealing with dog attacks. By the creation of various offences, the Act in effect imposes a number of onerous obligations on owners to ensure they properly control their dogs. For example, it is an offence under the Act where a dog attacks or chases a person or another animal. […]

By | January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments