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Biometric Fingerprinting and Unfair Dismissal

23 July 2019

Safety v privacy: In a landmark decision, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) Full Bench has held that an employee was unfairly dismissed for refusing to use biometric scanners to sign in at work.

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Medical Device Regulation in Australia: TGA Clamp Down

03 July 2019

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), currently uses a standardised, risk-based international classification system (risk-based system) to assess and approve the use, consumption and implantation of medical devices in Australia. The same system is used in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.

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Rigby Cooke Lawyers backs vision for an ever expanding Melbourne with South East Business Hub

02 July 2019

Accommodating a growing client base in Melbourne’s south-east, Rigby Cooke Lawyers has opened a business hub in Dandenong South to serve business located in the region.

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1 July 2019 – increases to wages and remuneration in the transport sector

01 July 2019

Adjustments to wages and remuneration in the transport industry commence today.

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Schedule of minimum wage increases – transport sector

01 July 2019

The following tables detail the new minimum rates of pay for part-time and full-time employees under various modern awards, applicable to adult employees in the transport industry.

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Something new is coming

26 June 2019

Accommodating a growing client base in Melbourne’s south-east, we are thrilled to announce that we will be officially opening a South East Business Hub in Dandenong South on the 2 July. Check out the progress of our fit out which has been undertaken by Canopy Fitouts.

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Interaction of the new whistleblower protections with the Fair Work Act 2009

25 June 2019

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) does not specifically deal with whistleblowers, and the Federal Government has previously rejected proposals to amend the FW Act to link disclosure rights under public and private sector whistleblowing laws with the General Protections in Part 3-1. That said, whistleblowers can still utilise provisions in the FW Act to gain additional protection, including where their disclosure may not actually qualify for protection under whistleblowing laws.

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Employee misrepresentation – what can you do when an employee lies on their CV/job application?

07 June 2019

The last few years have seen several high profile cases of senior executives being ‘caught out’ providing fake or misleading information on their CVs/ job applications.

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Mental health issues in the workplace and the employer’s duty of care

05 June 2019

What is the employer’s duty of care?

Employers have a duty under workplace health and safety legislation, including the Occupational Health & Safety Act (2004) (Vic), to provide and maintain (as far as is reasonably practicable) a safe workplace. In addition, employers have a duty to monitor the health of their employees. Criminal prosecution, penalties and potentially imprisonment can result if these statutory duties are breached.

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Preparing for 1 July 2019 – Increases to wages and remuneration

30 May 2019

20 June 2019 – Correction to article in footnote 5

Annual Wage Review Decision

On 30 May 2019, the Fair Work Commission handed down its 2019 Annual Wage Review Decision. The key elements of the decision are:

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High Court Appeal – Comptroller-General of Customs v Pharm-A-Care Laboratories Pty Ltd

29 May 2019

This article is co-authored by Andrew Hudson and Bethany Clark 

During each year we discuss various important decisions handed down by the Tribunals and Courts.

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Rigby Cooke Lawyer recently acted for Stronghold Investment Management on its acquisition of the Cardinia Club

28 May 2019

Rigby Cooke Lawyer, led by property partner Darren Marx, recently acted for Stronghold Investment Management on its acquisition of the Cardinia Club from Pakenham Racing Club for $16m. The well established entertainment venue has 105 Electronic Gaming Machines, a large bistro, upmarket sports bar and multiple function rooms. Brisbane based Stronghold is a specialist Business Park and Hospitality sector Fund Manager.

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 ‘Fairness in Franchising’ – The Call for Equitable Exit Arrangements

23 May 2019

Chapter 11 of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services ‘Fairness in Franchising Report’ – published in March 2019 – covered the termination of franchise agreements.

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Rigby Cooke support Barnes Capital, on the launch of the Oakwood Hotel and Apartment development in Dandenong

20 May 2019

Led by partner Michael Gough, Rigby Cooke is delighted to have the opportunity to support Barnes Capital, a premier boutique capital investment firm, on the launch of the Oakwood Hotel and Apartment development in Dandenong.

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Rigby Cooke launch Notary Public offering

09 May 2019

Rigby Cooke Lawyers have just introduced a new Notary Public offering led by Partner, Rachael Grabovic.

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Best Lawyers success for Rigby Cooke Partners

28 March 2019

Rigby Cooke Lawyers Customs and Trade Partner, Andrew Hudson, and Workplace Relations Partner, David McLaughlin, have both been ranked in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers.

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Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018

18 January 2019

In response to the decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 (WorkPac Decision), the Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations has made the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018 (Cth) (Casual Loading Offset Regulations).

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New Holiday Inn announced for Coburg, Melbourne

03 May 2018

After recently assisting our client and hotel developer, Barnes Capital, with the negotiation of a hotel management agreement with IHG, we congratulate the announcement of a new Holiday Inn to be built in Coburg, Melbourne.

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PE Capital boosts local economy by bringing Hyatt Hotels to Springvale, Melbourne

03 May 2018

We congratulate our client, Melbourne investment company and fund manager PE Capital, who revealed their plans to build an eight-storey, 200-key hotel, at yesterday’s (2 May) annual Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE).

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