From 1 January 2014, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) will deal with workplace bullying claims from workers within 14 days of the complaint being made, and will have powers to make orders to stop the bullying. Financial penalties will apply to employers who contravene FWC orders resulting from a bullying claim. This article looks at […]Read more »
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BlandsLaw is a boutique law firm providing advice in employment and commercial law to the Australian business sector.
Our people have a wealth of experience in business and industry, both in Australia and overseas. We are also deeply knowledgeable in the ever-changing areas of workplace law and social media.
In short, we are a small firm with big life experience.
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Many employers may not be aware that amendments were passed to Australia’s current privacy laws back in November 2012. The amendments, which form part of a larger reform process, will become effective from 12 March 2014. For those employers and businesses who will need to comply with the changes, there are less than four months […]Read more »
Are you a growing business owner? Did you miss our recent webinar about the five essential things you need to know about employment law? We’re not talking about your expanding waistline (you look great). We’re talking about your obligations as an employer, and protection for your business, as your business grows. A sound understanding of […]Read more »
We often write about unfair dismissal cases to highlight the potential pitfalls to employers: sometimes the ‘rules’ are quite complex and present some grey areas. By way of contrast, the messages in the following case are strikingly simple – you need a ‘real’ reason to dismiss an employee; and text messaging is not an appropriate […]Read more »
The Privacy Act is not a ‘workplace law’: this was the conclusion of the Federal Circuit Court when it threw out an adverse action claim made by a prospective employee who refused to provide a copy of her passport as part of a pre-employment screening process. In Austin v Honeywell Ltd  FCCA 662 (28 […]Read more »