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August 13, 2018

Stephen Roche named one of Toowoomba’s most influential people in 2018

Stephen Roche has been named one of Toowoomba’s most influential people in 2018. In The Chronicle newspaper’s Power 100, he’s come in at number 42 amongst a group of truly talented locals. Stephen is a solicitor, human rights activist and author known for his influential work fighting for survivors of institutional sexual abuse. In 2001, […]

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August 7, 2018

Catastrophic Road Injuries

The families of road accident victims often struggle with unimaginable pain even if their loved ones survive. Laura Hadfield is a solicitor working in the major claims team of Shine Lawyers. On many occasions, she’s heard the families of road accident victims make statements like “every day we grieve the loss of our loved one, […]

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July 25, 2018

Workers not reporting safety concerns

As the old saying goes, employees ought to be able to go to work and return home to their family in one piece. Unfortunately, one in five workers claim to have made a complaint regarding workplace safety that was simply ignored or never fixed. Even more shockingly, according to a new national survey commissioned by […]

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July 24, 2018

You and Your Superannuation: How Can You Claim Your Super?

With the cost of living skyrocketing, an illness or redundancy can spell financial disaster for thousands of Australians. For all, the superannuation system is a complex one, with few aware of the circumstances that enable your funds tied up in super to be accessed early. Generally, any money saved in the superannuation system after 1 […]

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July 18, 2018

Office Relationships: What is the Appropriate Way to Handle them in the Workplace?

Office romances are more common than many people may suspect. In 2017, The Conversation reported that – according to Relationships Australia – 40% of people aged 35-50 met their current partner at work. Discovering that you share a spark with a colleague can lead to something great. But if it goes wrong – or it’s […]

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July 4, 2018

NSFW: What words are “Safe for Work”

Words can be very powerful and the recent move by the Katter party to protect gendered language (like “her” and “him”) in the workplace along with the union delegate fined for his “strong words” has raised some interesting conversations about what you can, and can’t, say in the office. There are actually already lots of […]

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June 28, 2018

Catholic Archbishop claims confessional is more sacred than the protection of children

I read with absolute disgust the recent article quoting the Acting Archbishop of the South Australian Catholic Church who stated that the Church will not adhere to a change in law requiring priests to report confessions of child sex abuse. The Acting Archbishop of Adelaide basically stated that the Church law protecting the secrecy of […]

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June 20, 2018

Why do employees quit?

Retaining top of the market talent is as important, if not more important than attracting new talent. Whilst retaining staff is no easy feat, employee turnover costs significantly more than many people realise. Not only is there the added cost of recruiting and training new staff, but the flow on effect creates deeper issues. High […]

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New National Inquiry on Sexual Harassment Welcomed

Shine Lawyers has welcomed a inquiry by the Human Rights Commission into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces saying the firm is investigating more than double the number of cases than last year. After the Harvey Weinstein revelations in October 2017 Shine Lawyers reported a 128% increase in the number of enquiries about workplace issues to […]

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