Contracts

“Reasonable notice” ruling adds termination pressure on employers

“Reasonable notice” ruling adds termination pressure on employers

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 may be insufficient and that additional payment for ‘reasonable notice’ could be an implied requirement,…read more →

25 year gap no barrier to hearing loss liability

25 year gap no barrier to hearing loss liability

Even though an employee had last worked with an employer in 1991 and had several employers since, the NSW Workers’ Compensation Commission has held an employer liable for a hearing injury claim lodged in April 2015 seeking a lump sum amount as well as hearing aids. Facts of the case Mr Noel Parsons worked at Qantas between 1954 and 1991…read more →

Well written contract protects employer from competitor

A restraint clause in an executive’s contract of employment has provided an employer an additional 3 months protection from competition after the employee resigned to take up a job offer with a direct competitor. Facts On 1 August 2016 the NSW Supreme Court handed down its decision in a case brought on by port operator, DP World, against its former…read more →

Recent Employment Law cases you may have missed

1. Employee sacked for bullying HR staff after demotion for racial abuse The Commission has endorsed the dismissal of a worker who had initiated a campaign of email harassment of HR staff who had been involved in his earlier demotion. The demotion followed an investigation into allegations the worker had called an Indian colleague “smelly” and had encouraged a co-worker…read more →