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Court rejects NSW coal mine appeal on community impact and climate change grounds

13-02-19 | This February 2019 appeal in the NSW Land and Environment Court before Preston CJ has re-established the requirement for the consent authority to consider Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in determining an application for approval of a coal mine in NSW.


Compensation for advanced activities: first compensation determination under MERCPA

12-02-19 | Resources companies in Queensland have looked with interest for further judicial determination of compensation under the land access regime for mining exploration tenements and petroleum tenements in Queensland.


Queensland director imprisoned for reckless conduct in WHS duty breach

11-02-19 | Late last week, a Queensland company director, Gary Lavin, was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment (with a portion of the sentence suspended) for his involvement in the 2014 death of a 62-year-old roofer, Whareheepa Te Amo.


Can you dismiss an employee for not following orders?

08-02-19 | A recent Fair Work Commission decision has looked at what is a lawful and reasonable direction to give an employee and what steps employers must take when disciplining an employee for failing to comply.


If the shoe (doesn't) fit—FWC decisions on redundancy pay and acceptable alternative employment

08-02-19 | A recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision highlights the importance of considering all aspects of an alternative job offer when applying to have an employee's redundancy pay reduced or varied.


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