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Case review 2019-11-28
The law of vicarious liability continues to exercise senior judicial minds, as the courts re-configure the traditional approach to this subject to meet the demands, evolving working practices and mores of the modern world. Two cases come before the Supreme Court this month and whilst we await the outcome we consider the potentially far-reaching ramifications for employers and insurers alike.
We are pleased to announce that highly regarded commercial litigation partner Jane Kupsch and senior associate Lucy Reade have joined our growing Melbourne office today. Both were formerly at Piper Alderman.
Case review 2019-11-20
Cadent Gas Ltd v Singh [08.10.19]. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently upheld a decision that an employee was dismissed because of his trade union activities, in circumstances where the manager driving the disciplinary process had been motivated by hostilities towards the employee’s union.
Dealing with grievances promptly and fairly can prevent problems developing into major workplace issues. If the problem is handled badly or not dealt with at all, it is only likely to grow and may permanently damage trust and undermine the employer-employee relationship.
Case review 2019-11-01
Community Based Care Health v Narayan [02.09.19]. In a judgment that could potentially have wide ranging and expensive implications for organisations that engage locum GPs, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided that a locum GP was a “worker” under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and not a self-employed contractor.
5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks, is set to be faster and more reliable, with greater capacity, and lower response times than previous mobile generations. The uptake within businesses and offices will undoubtedly be very high. Along with the clear benefits this will bring, there are concerns about possible risks this could have to our health. There have, for example, been allegations that 5G will cause cancer, autism and infertility.
We are pleased to announce that we have grown our presence in Portugal by merging with boutique Portuguese firm N. Maldonado Sousa & Associados. The merged firm will move into our existing Lisbon office in the centre of the city.
We have previously examined the potential occupational disease risks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where we refer to nanomaterials as the next ‘miracle dust ‘for its asbestos-like qualities, and it is this material that we now delve into and the specific health risks it poses.
British people are the least supportive nation in their attitude towards driverless cars, or indeed any form of autonomous vehicle (AV), according to a study across six territories (United Kingdom, United States, Australia, China, Singapore and Hong Kong).
Following extensive debate and consultation, a new whistleblower protection regime commenced in Australia on 1 July 2019. The new laws provide a single, strengthened whistleblower regime that covers the corporate, financial and credit sectors with significant penalties (both civil and criminal) for non-compliance.