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Paid to Post

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Legal Services, Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Paid to Post

by Kayte Lewis & Chris Chow Chris Chow Creative Lawyers Way back in 1999, before the bloggersphere, some of you may remember the infamous outcry about “cash for comment”.  In short, (those of you under 25 can see this as a history lesson) it was realised that talk back radio shock jocks Jones and Laws were being paid to make favourable comments about products and services on air. The payments were in cash but also in provision of hospitality services. It came up again in 2004 and there was an inquiry and sizeable fines were imposed by the Federal Court as the payments were not...

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Do you work in a sophisticated workplace?

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Blog, Consultancy & Training, Effective Communication, Legal Services, Mentoring, Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Do you work in a sophisticated workplace?

Bullying and harassment have serious consequences for individuals and workplaces. It is up to everyone to change this and create a productive culture in which people feel safe and do their best work. As an effective communication consultant I have experienced and studied the direct relationship between communication skills and productivity in the workplace. On the 1st January 2014 specific legislation came into force allowing the Australian Fair Work Commission to deal with bullying and harassment complaints. Accompanying the release of the legislation, it was stated that it is time for...

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To Text or NOT to Text

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Blog, Consultancy & Training, Effective Communication, Legal Services, The Studio, Upcoming Courses | 0 comments

To Text or NOT to Text

Text messaging is great, I love it… most of the time; but I’ve noticed some disturbing trends. Not only is texting and chat eroding communication ability, in the workplace I’ve heard more stories of people being fired simply by receiving a text message. As both a communications expert, trainer and a lawyer this presents considerable problems. Younger people who have grown up knowing nothing but text often say they feel uncomfortable with the ‘confrontation’ of a telephone call and prefer to text. They say they can express themselves more in text and chat and than they often do!...

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Pregnancy Discrimination & Employer Obligations

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Blog, Consultancy & Training, Legal Services | Comments Off

Pregnancy Discrimination & Employer Obligations

It is illegal to discriminate against a pregnant employee. The Fair Work Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees on the grounds of pregnancy, race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family/carer responsibilities, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin. Discrimination against a pregnant employee can take many forms. It may be that the employer reduces the employee’s hours, downgrades their position, refuses flexible working conditions without a strong business case, or does not reinstate them to the...

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Do you Engage Contractors in your Business?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Blog, Legal Services | Comments Off

Employment Laws in Australia are always changing-and risks for you have increased substantially-don’t risk your business. Contractors or Employees Employers must be careful when employing contractors. There is often confusion over the issue of whether a worker is a contractor or an employee. Even if a worker is considered a contractor by the business the Court may still deem the worker an employee after looking at factors of the employment. Many businesses hire contractors mistakenly thinking they can reduce the regulatory burden of employing staff and paying their entitlements such as...

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