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Articles: by Mary-Jane Thomas

No such thing as an unpaid trial

19 August 2019

Employers keep getting trial periods wrong and it keeps costing them money. Biform Limited found this out recently when they were found to have unjustifiably dismissed W after he had worked two trial half-days. It cost them nearly $4000.00 (not including legal costs)

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Yes it's cold - it's winter.

24 July 2019

If you are an employment lawyer there are two times of the year where problems ‘peak’. The weeks leading up to Christmas where employers all want to fire people who have irritated them all year and the middle of winter.

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What about me?

16 November 2018

Anyone that runs a business knows what its like to be bombarded with advice from experts about how important it is to look after and make staff feel valued. Well its tough being a boss too. Here is an edited (for language) email I sent out to my crew after last weekends corporate rowing regatta.

I don’t think any of you realise how distressful it is to be a partner in this firm.

This was my Saturday.

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