Belinda Copley

Belinda Copley

K&L Gates LLP

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Things Aren't Always As They Seem

An Albury based restaurant and its sole director have been prosecuted by the Fair Work Ombudsman for conduct towards Australian and visa workers and deliberate actions to cover up blatant breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009...more

3/7/2017 - Australia Employer Liability Issues Fair Work Act Hiring & Firing

Franchising Update

Franchising is set to undergo change following the Australian Federal election. The Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment recently recommended further amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct to allow...more

7/15/2016 - ACCC Australia Breach of Contract Breach of Duty Duty of Care Fair Work Act Franchise Agreements Franchisee Franchises Franchisors Standing Committees

When Dad is Left Holding the Baby…

The employment leave entitlement of a mother who has undergone birth by way of caesarean section is clear – but for fathers who are left holding the baby, it is often less clear cut. The Fair Work Commission (Commission) has...more

3/12/2015 - Australia Employer Liability Issues Fair Work Commission Parental Leave

Former Employees Behaving Badly

Commonly, dismissed employees behave badly post-dismissal. Not only does bad behaviour post-dismissal often confirm an employer's difficult decision to terminate the employee's employment, it can also be used to defend an...more

1/15/2015 - Administrative Hearings Employer Liability Issues Former Employee Hiring & Firing Reinstatement Termination

Key Financial Threshold Changes for Australian Employers – Effective 1 July 2014

A number of employment related financial thresholds are indexed annually. Below is a summary of some important changes effective 1 July 2014 and some compliance actions that employers should consider as the start of the...more

6/26/2014 - Australia Employer Liability Issues

How the 2014/2015 Budget Measures up for Employers

The 2014/2015 Federal Budget (Budget) has introduced a number of important reductions, incentives and clarifications impacting employer initiatives, employee remuneration and benefits and the legal framework in which...more

5/15/2014 - Australia Employee Rights Federal Budget Federal Taxes International Labor Laws Superannuation

Anti-Bullying Hurdles for the Life Sciences

First Decision for the Fair Work Commission's Anti-Bullying Regime - The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) Anti-Bullying Regime opened its doors on 1 January 2014. The new Anti-Bullying Regime got off to a leisurely start...more

3/21/2014 - Bullying Fair Work Commission Life Sciences

End of Year Checklist

As 2013 comes to an end, it's time for Australian employers start actioning their end of year employment checklist. 1. Annual Shutdowns - Many Modern Awards require employers to provide a minimum of four weeks'...more

11/27/2013 - Australia Bullying Code of Conduct Discrimination Holiday Parties Probationary Employees Safety Precautions Sexual Harassment Training Year-End Planning

Key Financial Threshold Changes Effective 1 July 2013

A number of employment related financial thresholds are indexed annually. Below is a summary of some important changes effective 1 July 2013....more

7/12/2013 - Economic Downturn Employment Policies Minimum Wage Unfair Dismissal

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