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Australian Financial Review: A Managing Partner's guide to great skiing

“When Stewart Cameron isn’t heading up Hicksons Lawyers, he’s hankering for an opportunity to shred the pow”   In a recent Australian Financial Review (AFR) ‘Time Out’ Q&A, Hicksons’ Managing Partner, Stewart Cameron shares some of how he achieves a work life balance.  

Dynamic Business: Balancing productivity and employee wellbeing

In a recent Dynamic Business article, Hicksons’ Managing Partner, Stewart Cameron shares the significance of a ‘putting people first’ in ensuring productivity and mental well-being in the workplace.“The balance between employee wellbeing and productivity occurs once you put people first.” “A supportive work environment is important, including providing regular guidance, an inclusive culture and meaningful work”.  

Employee or Contractor? What the law says about Sham Contracts

What are the new changes, and how can my business defend itself against sham contracting claims?   Employment relationships can be complex, and understanding how to manage them is often key. Most would think that the law was clear on who is considered an employee, and who is a contractor? In this case, you would be wrong.    

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.

Human Resources Directors: How can HR teams approach employee tea breaks

In a recent Human Resources Directors article, Hicksons Workplace Relations Partner, Warwick Ryan discusses on how Human Resources (HR) teams can approach employee tea breaks. 

An employee’s right not to work on public holidays

It can be very difficult for businesses, especially those operating 24 hours, 7 days a week, to ensure their workforce is properly resourced throughout the year.   With this, public holidays can present a real issue. Employees often expect to spend public holidays with their family and friends and perhaps have a long weekend away, but despite this, businesses need to continue operating, and require adequate staffing to do so.  

The ‘Gig’antic Changes Coming Our Way - Deliveroo Rider Not An Employee

Last year has seen an emerging trend where judges are evolving and changing the way we identify and categorise principal-contractor relationship and employer-employee relationship.   In the aftermath of the High Court judgments earlier this year, including Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining And Energy Union & Anor v Personnel Contracting Pty Ltd [2022] HCA 1 (Personnel Contracting) and ZG Operations Australia Pty Ltd v Jamsek [2022] HCA 2 (Jamsek)), we are seeing rapid changes in judges’ view on these commercial relationships.  

Crimes and misdemeanours abroad: When can an employer dismiss an employee for their actions outside work?

Managing misconduct in the modern workplace is challenging enough, but what about misconduct where it occurs outside work hours? The workplace’s relationships, expectations and legal frameworks become even more challenging to navigate in such circumstances. 

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