The issue concerning the lawfulness of unpaid work trials is long-standing and contentious. In a recent decision handed down by the New Zealand Employment Relations Authority, a Wellington woman was awarded $9000 after working a full shift only to be told afterwards that it was an unpaid trial.
In a recent case, the Industrial Court of Queensland determined that a McDonald’s employee was entitled to compensation after breaking her leg falling from a ladder on a smoke break. The case is a timely reminder for employers to clearly communicate prohibited areas to their employees and continuously update their employment policies.
The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry – Observations by an Employment Lawyer
The recently announced Banking Royal Commission recommendations are expected to send seismic waves throughout the banking, finance, insurance and superannuation industries.
If you suspect that your business will likely be affected by any of the recommendations, it’s possibly time to start thinking about potential workplace changes and employment law issues.
Did you know that a party in litigation can be notionally successful, but still be required to pay the opponent’s legal costs? Find out more in a recent case that MST’s employment team defended.