July 2015

High Income Threshold Increases – the Effect on Unfair Dismissal
The Cost of Doing (WorkCover) Business
Is Your Estate Plan Up To Scratch?
Winky Pop and the Quasi-Judicial Role of Council
No Damages for Worker Who Tripped Over Box
Exercising Discretion in Decision Making
Don’t Play with Fire

Did you know that Kott Gunning is the only WA member of ADVOC, an international network of independent law firms? This year’s ADVOC International Business Law conference will take place in Bali from 14 – 15 September and you are invited!  It features an outstanding speaker faculty including Ruth Newfield of Westfield Australia. Full attendance will entitle a WA legal practitioner to 6 CPD points.

Employers, HR managers, safety advisors, contractors and corporate officers are invited to register for the Managing Danger: Navigating Workplace Risk one day conference on 25 August 2015.  The strategies that will be discussed are derived from and presented by frontline specialists in OH&S, with expertise in delivering on productivity and business development outcomes. Hear Kott Gunning partner Stephen Williams speak on employers’ rights and obligations when it comes to workers’ compensation and return to work programs. Download the registration brochure here

Read more about these and other upcoming events on our website – www.kottgunn.com.au/events

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High Income Threshold Increases – the Effect on Unfair Dismissal

On 1 July 2015, the high income threshold under the Fair Work Act increased, an employee will now not be protected from unfair dismissal unless they satisfy one of three conditions.
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The Cost of Doing (WorkCover) Business

Stephen Williams
Partner

The Workers’ Compensation (Legal Practitioners and Registered Agents) Costs Determination 2015 came into effect on 1 July 2015. This new determination applies to the remuneration of legal practitioners and registered …
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Is Your Estate Plan Up To Scratch?

Claire Hawke-Gundill
Senior Associate

The importance of having a Will is fairly well understood – we all know that we need one in order to ensure that our assets are distributed in accordance with …
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Winky Pop and the Quasi-Judicial Role of Council

Philip Mavor
Senior Associate

As elected representatives it is expected that councillors may have opinions on issues that come before them in the course of their deliberations. This is a normal expectation of a …
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No Damages for Worker Who Tripped Over Box

In Drew v State of New South Wales [2015] NSWCA 159 (decided on 11 June 2015) three New South Wales Supreme Court judges have dismissed a school cleaner’s appeal against …
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Exercising Discretion in Decision Making

Brenton Oakley
Consultant

The exercise of discretion in Local Government decision making is often misunderstood. There are many decisions made by employees, for example, that don’t involve the exercise of a discretion. In …
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Don’t Play with Fire

Stephen Williams
Partner

The recent case of Canny v Primepower Engineering Pty Ltd and Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd [2015] WADC 81 is a classic example of the operation of Murphy’s Law, namely; “anything …
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