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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 –...

19 Oct 2017

In a decision handed down on 26 September 2017, the Industrial Relations Commission imposed a cap on the period of demotion for a Corrective Services Assistant Superintendent following incidents of unsatisfactory performance.

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Mr Frank Cunningham was employed by the Dep...

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...

24 Aug 2017

As specialists in employment law, O’Connell Group keeps a close eye on decisions from the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and other tribunals needing to review the termination of staff by their employers. While dismissing staff who have misbehaved or otherwise caused problems m...

1 Feb 2017

In a decision handed down on 2 September 2016 the IRC Full Bench considered whether poor performance by a State Transit Authority (STA) bus mechanic justified his dismissal. The termination of his employment followed an incident in which a bus serviced by the mechanic lost...

1 Feb 2017

In a delayed decision handed down on 2 November 2016 the IRC considered an incident where Mr Siddique, a security employee at a major hospital, was observed on CCTV to push over and injure a disruptive patient. While his actions were found to justify his termination, Commi...

22 Nov 2016

A recent Federal Court decision has highlighted the risk of relying on the National Employment Standards (the NES) to define the amount of notice required when terminating staff. In a case involving a misbehaving employee, the Court held the NES requirement of 5 weeks’ pay...

5 Sep 2016

Growth in wages for Australian employees in the private sector have firmed at the sub 2% level for the first time in two decades.

Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show private sector wages growth at just 1.9% for the 12 months to June 2016, after a ri...

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