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Increased damages for sexual harassment in line with community standards

Mark Sant, Stephanie Nicol, Katherine Morris (partners) and Zev Costi (solicitor) Gadens, consider a recent decision of the full Federal Court of Australia which signalled that courts are now likely to award higher compensation for non-economic loss in sexual harassment cases in line with community standards. In February 2013, the Federal Court found Oracle vicariously liable for the… Read More

No further claims provisions do not prevent proposed variations to enterprise agreements – Toyota decision confirms

By Nicholas Ellery (Partner), Breen Creighton (Consultant) & Joshua Levy (Graduate Lawyer), Corrs, Chambers, Westgarth In Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited v Marmara [2014] FCAFC 84 (18 July 2014), a Full Court of the Federal Court (Jessup, Tracey and Perram JJ) found that a “no further claims” term of an enterprise agreement was inconsistent with… Read More

Record fine imposed on Orica

The NSW Land and Environment Court has fined Orica Australia Pty Ltd over $750,000 for a series of pollution incidents that occurred over a 14-month period.  The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) brought a number of prosecutions in relation to several pollution incidents at Orica’s Kooragang Island and Botany plants between October 2010 and December 2011.… Read More

Tips to help businesses avoid hiring mistakes

A bad hire is not just bad for business—it can also be very costly. International talent management experts estimate the average cost of a poor hiring decision to be equal to 30 percent or more of that hire’s first year’s probable earnings — that could result in costs upward of $50,000 for replacing a senior… Read More