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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...

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...

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...

1 Aug 2018

All employers need to be aware of changes that have taken place, as recent as 1 August 2018, and the likely effect on their business. This includes the introduction of unpaid domestic violence leave for award-covered employees and the extension of liability for franchisors...

31 May 2018

An application for injunctive relief to enforce a six month restraint clause against a former senior manager from information services company SAI Global Property has been rejected as his capacity to use confidential information is 'objectively limited', the NSW Supreme Co...

20 Apr 2018

In a decision handed down on 7 March 2018 concerning a notice to produce, the Industrial Relations Commission ordered an employer to hand over a copy of the complaint made by a patient against the dismissed employee. This was despite claims by the Blue Mountains Local Heal...

19 Oct 2017

In a decision handed down on 27 September 2017, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal declared a 'disqualified' employee should be granted a working with children clearance on the basis he no longer poses a child safety risk, despite a 1978 conviction for attempted sex...

19 Oct 2017

In a decision handed down on 29 September 2017, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal set aside Wollondilly Shire Council’s decision to withhold access to CCTV footage requested by a member of the public. The Tribunal’s decision highlights the need for local councils t...

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