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26 Sep 2019

The NSW Supreme Court has recently handed down an important decision on the ability of Councils to discipline councillors for misconduct arising from Code of Conduct complaints made against them. The decision of Basten J confirmed the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) genera...

15 Jul 2019

Graham Evans from O’Connell, who remains a long-standing executive committee member of the Industrial Relations Society of NSW, has been involved in organising the next practitioner event for Society members: The 2019 Meet the Commissioners function. 

O’Connell clients who...

15 Jul 2019

In 2019 O’Connell Workplace Relations celebrates 20 years of business, marking two decades of building strong relationships, professional growth and continued excellence in servicing our diverse range of valued clients.


Since the company’s conception in 1999, Managing Part...

9 May 2019

The Supreme Court of NSW has recently confirmed the right of Councils to use the notice provisions of the Standard Contract of Employment General Managers of Local Councils in NSW to terminate a CEO, and not be bound to otherwise undertake prior action under its disputes r...

9 May 2019

Two recent matters heard by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission highlight the need for great care in seeking cost orders. Both cases involved employers who had successfully defended unfair dismissal applications but then had their applications for costs dismissed, conf...

9 May 2019

Background

The applicant, Mr Graham Smith, claimed he had been unfairly dismissed by the Department of Industry following five allegations of misconduct being sustained against him. This misconduct included a failure to adhere to multiple formal directions requiring him to...

13 Feb 2019

Graham Evans and Aimee Saaib from O’Connell will be involved in two practitioner events being organised by the Industrial Relations Society of NSW. O’Connell clients are welcome to attend both events , with registration details set out in the links below.

Twilight Seminar –...

17 Dec 2018

A recent decision of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has provided additional guidance to employers on the approach to be taken when dealing with misconduct matters occurring out of the workplace, and outside normal work hours. In this case, a correctional officer c...