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August 21, 2017

Safeguard your employment: Six simple checks when signing your contract

You’ve finally landed that new, high paying job of your dreams. You’re about to sign on the dotted line, but are you sure it’s going to deliver all it promises? We spend more than a third of our lives at work, so when you accept your employment contract, it’s important to know exactly what you […]

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Defamation on Facebook: Seven steps to protect your reputation

Every week, Shine Lawyers’ National Defamation practice receives multiple enquiries from people impacted by defamatory comments on Facebook; and the numbers are going up. Our right to free speech Many individuals are under the impression that under Australian law, we have an overarching right to free speech, and this right protects those who makes offensive […]

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August 14, 2017

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – A quick guide

Shine Lawyers’ Senior Solicitor Laura Hadfield guides you through the key features of Australia’s NDIS. Eligibility A person with a disability can apply to become a participant of the NDIS if they satisfy the following criteria: They must be under the age of 65 at the time of applying; They must reside in Australia; They […]

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August 11, 2017

Seasick on Sun Princess: Norovirus strikes again

The passengers of Carnival’s Sun Princess cruise ship have had their holiday marred, as the vessel was hit with yet another outbreak of norovirus. The voyage left Brisbane on 31 July 2017 travelling to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. By the time it returned on 10 August, at least 91 passengers were infected with the virus. […]

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Workplace disputes: Your guide to conciliation

If you have been unfairly dismissed from your employment, your first step should always be lodging a claim with the Fair Work Commission. Once your claim is lodged, there are many ways you can try to resolve the dispute,  including conciliation. Conciliation is an informal and private conversation between you and your employer in the presence […]

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August 10, 2017

TGA set to reclassify surgical mesh implants

Transvaginal mesh implants to be reclassified The TGA is moving to reclassify surgical mesh as a Class III high-risk device, requiring manufacturers to issue patient implant cards and product information for all implantable medical devices. The government decided last year to align Australian regulations on medical devices with standards imposed by the European Commission where […]

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When disaster strikes at your workplace: Employee rights

Hundreds of residents and several businesses at Wolli Creek have been thrown into turmoil when a large crane collapsed into a residential block in Sydney over the weekend. More than 160 people have been driven out of their homes with no estimate on when it will be safe to return. Several others have been contained to […]

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August 8, 2017

Public Servants warned to monitor their Facebook usage

Australia’s public servants are being warned to monitor their Facebook usage under new guidelines announced today as part of the Federal Government’s social media policy. The Australian Public Service Commission’s social media guidelines have been updated to include disciplinary action for public servants who criticise their own departments online and who fail to delete comments […]

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August 4, 2017

Case study: Landmark decision for asbestos victim in Northern Territory

After a David and Goliath battle, the entitlements for sufferers of asbestos-related illnesses have now been confirmed in the Northern Territory. Shine Lawyers has secured a High Court ruling that will define the law and entitlements of asbestos victims in the Northern Territory, ensuring they can access compensation for their injuries. The High Court ruling […]

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