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November 9, 2017

Fruit pickers, take note

Come harvest time, most Australian farmers are desperate for good workers.  For backpackers fruit picking is a relatively easy job to secure between December and July, but the work itself is far from a walk in the park.  Days are long, with repetitive and physically demanding tasks in very hot and humid conditions. Backpackers, know […]

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November 7, 2017

Don’t let redundancy ruin your Christmas

With just under two months until Christmas, an unfortunate reality is that this time can bring uncertainty around the security of your employment. Big and small businesses sometimes approach this time of year as a time to reduce costs and people headcounts, looking to start the year fresh. The festive season often sees a spike […]

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October 30, 2017

Mental health in the workplace: Australian Federal Police officers speak out

Members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have recently started to stand up and speak out. Tales of inadequate institutional support for workplace bullying and mental health issues are coming forward. Almost 100 officers both past and present have spoken out on what has been called the AFP’s “disturbing bullying culture”. With incidents of workplace […]

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October 18, 2017

Gender Pay Gap – Why does it still exist?

Enough with the quotas and the equality policies, why is the gender pay gap still a “thing” in 2017? There are some who deny the gender pay gap exists but as it turns out we have all been eye witnesses to it. Every week day morning. For a decade. What exactly does Karl Stefanovic have […]

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October 13, 2017

Don’t become a Christmas casual statistic

The festive season can be a great opportunity for everyone to earn some extra cash by taking on a second job as a Christmas casual. With just over two months until Christmas, now is the time we see retailers advertising for casuals to keep up with the holiday season demand. What it means to be […]

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September 11, 2017

Persecuted for pregnancy: Know your rights at work

Imagine finding out you are pregnant. You are overjoyed to walk into work the next day and break the exciting news to your colleagues and boss. They share in your joy and congratulate you, but two weeks later you receive a letter. Your employment is being terminated due to ‘performance issues’. You’re confused, angry and […]

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September 6, 2017

Up-skirting? Drink-spiking? Drug-using? A look into today’s toxic workplaces

Written by Danielle Williamson, Shine Lawyers Employment Law team.  How is it possible in 2017 for drug-taking, drink-spiking and up-skirting to form part of any Australian workplace? It sounds like a crazy scene from the 1980s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ era, but these are the most recent allegations from clients and former employees of Australia’s […]

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August 29, 2017

Say goodbye to your job but not your entitlements: What to look for when resigning

You’ve resigned and have a new job but your boss claims your next position isn’t appropriate and now they’re demanding you hand over all your emails and your LinkedIn contacts! Believe it or not, this may be legal depending on the contract you signed when you first came on board. This is a prime example […]

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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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