Employment Law Update from 1 July 2017

National Minimum Wage & Modern Award Minimum Wage Employers should be aware that a minimum wage is an employee’s base rate of pay for ordinary hours worked. It is generally dependent on the industrial instrument that applies to their employment. For example, a modern award or registered agreement. Employers and employees cannot be paid less…

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Trade mark infringement – an introduction

  In Australia, trade mark law is a type of intellectual property (“IP”) administered by common law principles and the the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (TMA). What is a trademark and what forms can a trade mark be? The TMA defines a trade mark as: a sign used, or intended to be used, to distinguish goods…

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Sacking a managing director for serious misconduct

Without proper legal guidance, sacking a managing director of a company for serious misconduct can be a very risky business, particularly if the person is litigious, dishonest, or vexatious, or if they seek to hinder further investigation into underlying criminal activity such as fraud. At Boss Lawyers, we have assisted the boards of public companies,…

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Restraint of Trade in Employment Contracts

Restraint of trade (ROT) covenants are often contained in the contract of employment, and provide the principal source of post-employment obligations on parties. Restraint of trade in Employment Contracts on employees can also be found in voluntary arrangements between employers, such as in the regulation of sport, or in agreements between labour hire companies and…

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