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GovTech Review: Automated decision-making systems: ensuring transparency

In a recent GovTech Review article, Hicksons Legal Digital Transformation Partner David Fischl and Solicitor Elias Dehsabzi discuss the rise of government agencies using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automated Decision Making (ADM) systems.
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Kezia David Named as an Elite Woman by Insurance Business for 2024

Hicksons is pleased to share Kezia David has been nominated as an Elite Woman by Insurance Business for 2024.
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Laura Charlton Won Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Award 2024

Hicksons is proud to share Laura Charltonhas won Lawyers Weekly’s 30 Under 30 Award 2024 for the Insurance Category.

Employing Workers On Fixed Term Contracts – The Rules Have Changed

In the whirlwind of 2023 employment law reform, the unfettered power for employers to engage employees on indefinite rolling fixed term contracts was kicked to the curb from 6 December 2023 (although some industries may still have until 1 July 2024 before these rules apply to them).   A fixed term contract is an employment contract that terminates at the end of an identifiable period, for example, on a specified date or when a specific project is completed. Many businesses use these to engage workers for a two-year period, followed by a second, third, or forth two-year period (for example).  

Tech Day: The legal implications of AI chatbots for Australian firms

“As technology continues to permeate all aspects of business, Australian businesses must  consider the legal implications of using artificial intelligence (AI) to interact with customers.”

Lawyers Weekly: What the gender pay gap looks like at Australia’s biggest firms

Hicksons is proud to be featured in a recent article from Lawyers Weekly as leading the way for gender pay parity across the legal sector.    New data from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) confirms Hicksons has a 0% base salary and a 2% total gender remuneration gap. The article noted: ‘Hicksons have some of the best data’ and‘…sits well below the legal sector average’, which is a testament to the firm’s approach to fostering a rewarding culture across the whole firm.  

Meki Jnr Puletua by his Tutor Sosefina Puletua v Sydney Childrens Hospital [2024] NSWSC 64 – What is a material change in circumstances that could justify resiling from a settlement agreement?

Following settlement negotiations in a claim involving an infant plaintiff, terms of settlement were signed. In the usual course, a listing date had been allocated for the approval of the terms of settlement by the Supreme Court of NSW.   In the lead up to the infant approving Hearing, the plaintiff’s legal advisors requested that the matter be urgently heard as the plaintiff’s health had suddenly deteriorated and he was now in a critical condition. The Court agreed to hear the matter on Sunday, 14 January 2024 given that it was in the interest of both common humanity and administrative justice for the Court to have the opportunity to deal with the matter during the plaintiff’s lifetime.

Right to disconnect won't cause "significant" change

Employees’ new right to disconnect, was included in the Closing Loopholes No.2 Bill passed by Parliament earlier this month and will take effect six months after the legislation receives Royal Assent.

Smart Company: Burke hoses down fears that Canberra is seeking a blanket WFH right for award workers

“The Fair Work Act already accommodates a right to request flexible working arrangements which can include working from home.”

An Employer’s Positive Duty to Prevent Unlawful Sexual Conduct is in Place

Since 12 December 2023, your organisation can face a visit from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). In the latest wave of legislative amendments of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), businesses are required to take additional reasonable and proportionate steps to eliminate, as far as possible, certain unlawful conduct.

It’s Christmas! Can I direct my employee to take unpaid leave during the end of year shutdown?

With Christmas fast approaching, employers and employees will be turning their minds to organising leave arrangements over closedown (or ‘shutdown’) periods.
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Hicksons 2022/23 Holiday Closure Period

Hicksons will be closed for a three-week duration over the Christmas and New Year period.

Australian Financial Review: Hicksons Lawyers Leads As Law Firms Hit Gender Parity

Hicksons is proud to be recognised for leading the trend of more female Partners, with over 50% female representation across the firm’s partnership.In a recent Australian Financial Review article, Hicksons was highlighted for having the highest proportion of female partners across all firms in the 2023 Law Partnership Survey.
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‘Recognising our next generation leaders’ – Hicksons elevates four to senior positions

Hicksons is pleased to announce the promotion of our next generation leaders, including three Senior Associates and one Associate.  

Vicarious Liability, Criminal Acts, and Volunteers

Adam Kneale claimed damages from the Footscray Football Club (Club) for injuries, loss, and damage suffered as a result of child sexual abuse by Graeme Hobbs and others. The trial proceeded before a judge and a jury of 6. 

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