Underpayment of Wages

Underpayment of Wages Everyone deserves an honest wage for an honest day’s work. Unfortunately, some employees don’t get what they deserve. Whether that wage discrepancy is deliberate or not, all workers are protected under Australian law which provides avenues to claim back wages and entitlements that haven’t been paid. I don’t think I am being…


The Fairwork Amendment (Right to Disconnect) Bill 2023

Balancing Work and Well-being In an era where connectivity is abundant, the boundary between work and personal life has become increasingly blurred. The Fair Work Amendment (Right to Disconnect) Bill 2023 (the Bill) emerged as a response to this, with the view to safeguard the well-being of workers by granting them the right to disconnect…


Impact of the Qantas HCA decision

High Court Reinforces Rights for Employees Intending to Exercise a Workplace Right Why is employment law so complex? And why do I need a lawyer? By its very nature employing workers is a legal minefield. There is masses of red tape and legislation to navigate to not only protect workers but to protect the business…


COVID-19 Penalty Notice FAQ’s

What happens when you are issued a COVID-19 infringement notice? When you are issued an infringement notice by the Police or any institution that is authorised to issue notices, Revenue NSW takes over the enforcement and recovery of the fines. What are my options when I am issued an infringement notice? The options to deal…


What’s New With Section 32?

The way the NSW court system deals with those found to have mental health or cognitive impairment issues has changed. The reforms aim to keep the community safe and take the victim’s needs into account while dealing with the mental health of the offender. The Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020 came…


What Shows Up On A Police Check?

What is a National Police Check? National Police Checks, commonly known as a Criminal Record Check, is a search of a person’s criminal history to make an informed decision on an individual. They may be used to make decisions in many different situations including: recruitment and job applications volunteer and not for profit positions working…


Fourtree Lawyers Opens Newcastle office

From an acorn of an idea six years ago, Central Coast’s Fourtree Lawyers has proved true the old adage – from small things, big things grow. And to top it off, the firm celebrated the official opening of its Hunter Street, Newcastle office on November 6 2020. Opened late last year, Covid-19 delayed the much-anticipated…


COVID-19 & the NSW Courts

District Court of New South Wales COVID-19 Update 29 July 2021 The temporary suspension of new jury trials in the following Courts will continue until 28 August 2021: The Downing Centre John Maddison Tower Campbelltown Gosford Katoomba Parramatta Penrith Wollongong Prioritising hearings – bringing criminal matters forward where the defendant is in custody Practitioners are…


COVID-19 & Parenting Orders

Parenting Orders and the impact of COVID-19 As with almost all aspects of our daily lives, COVID-19 has created unique challenges for parents and children. The Family and Federal Circuit Courts are acutely aware of these challenges and have issued guidelines to assist parents to navigate their Parenting Orders whilst impacted by COVID-19. On 26…


NSW Police Powers – What Are My Rights?

Dealing with Police can be an extremely intimidating experience. While the Police have a lot of powers set out under legislation to help them carry out their work you also have rights that are designed to protect you. If the Police contact me, what should I do? Police can ask you to attend a Police…