Protect your business from unscrupulous staff

Is your intellectual property protected? In a recent case, two dishonest employees utilised customer lists, sales data and pricing information to compete against their employer. Read on to find out how you can protect your intellectual property from unscrupulous staff.

The Fair Dismissal Code

The new Fair Work Bill, which passed through Parliament on 20 March 2009 has re-written the rules on unfair dismissal. From 1 July 2009, the provision under WorkChoices which protected employers with 100 or less employees from unfair dismissal claims will no longer apply. That means that a much larger number of employees will be entitled to make unfair dismissal claims.

Fair Work Legislation Finally Passed by Senate

After considerable debate, on Friday 20 March 2009 the Federal Government finally secured the passage of its Fair Work Bill through the Senate. This means that the majority of the Fair Work Bill will commence as scheduled from 1 July 2009.

Government Funded Maternity Leave on the Back Burner

The Federal Government is unlikely to introduce publicly funded maternity leave in this year’s Budget despite its investigation recommending 18 weeks for mothers and two weeks for fathers paid at the same level as the minimum wage.