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Performance improvement plans—bullying or supporting employees?

15-06-18 | The Fair Work Commission has dismissed a formerly high-achieving employee's stop bully application, in which he claimed the performance improvement plans implemented by his employer were an act of workplace bullying.

Compensating for the lost years

13-06-18 | The High Court has this morning published its judgment in Amaca Pty Ltd v Latz; Latz v Amaca Pty Ltd [2018] HCA 22, confirming that a reversionary benefit must be deducted from a plaintiff's damages for the loss of a superannuation pension and that the loss of the expectation of the age pension is not compensable. The decision of the High Court provides clarity for defendants in assessing claims for future economic loss in the "lost years".

Record fine for company director following safety law breach

12-06-18 | A company director in Western Australia has been fined a record $102,500 over a safety incident that seriously injured a teenage worker. His company, FGS Contracting Pty Ltd (FGS) was also fined $225,000 over the incident.

Significant 1 July changes to enforcing contractual rights on insolvency

06-06-18 | Recent amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) will result in significant changes to enforcing contractual rights based on insolvency. We consider how this will impact the operation of contracts in the construction industry, including recourse to security in the event of insolvency, from 1 July 2018.

Andrew White appointed Chair of Sparke Helmore Board along with two new members

05-06-18 | Corporate & Commercial Group Partner Andrew White has been appointed as Chair of the Board at Sparke Helmore Lawyers. Andrew leads the firm's national Mining & Resources Service Line and the Corporate & Commercial Group in the Hunter region. He joined the firm's Board in 2016 and has been acting as Interim Chair before this appointment.

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