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Can my employer make me take Long Service Leave
Can my employer make me take Long Service Leave 1024 768 MJT Law - Brisbane Employment Lawyers

This is another question that I get asked when talking about long service leave (“LSL”).  First it is important to go to your work contract, then to your Award or Enterprise Agreement.  Once you have established that there are not provisions for how LSL is to be taken it is…

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Bullying in the workplace – how defriending a colleague on Facebook can attract sanctions
Bullying in the workplace – how defriending a colleague on Facebook can attract sanctions 1024 768 MJT Law - Brisbane Employment Lawyers

A recent application to the Fair Work Commission brought up the issue of how people can use on-line media to perpetuate a bullying regime that can attract sanctions.  The definition of what constitutes bullying includes a requirement that it occurs more than once.  For most businesses or companies this can…

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Restraint of Trade – how it affects you
Restraint of Trade – how it affects you 1024 768 MJT Law - Brisbane Employment Lawyers

Quite often when an employee is looking at moving on their first thought is to take clients with them.  This can be a minefield because of the legal restraints they have agreed on in their employment contract. It is legitimate for a company or business to protect its intellectual property…

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Texting Afterhours ends in Termination of Employment
Texting Afterhours ends in Termination of Employment 1024 768 MJT Law - Brisbane Employment Lawyers

Facts In the case of Ambrose v Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd [2014] FWC 3899 an employee was dismissed after sending a co-worker an obscene image and comment to him with a mobile phone after work hours. In July 2013 the employee had been working at the coal mine for…

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Changes to Portable Long Service Leave
Changes to Portable Long Service Leave 1024 768 MJT Law - Brisbane Employment Lawyers

As of 1 July 2014 there were changes to the building and construction industry’s portable long service leave legislation.  The changes affect the long service levy rates which are now reduced from 0.3% to 0.25% of the total cost of building and construction work for projects where the total cost…

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