Employment Law

How to Protect Your Small Business Against an Unfair Dismissal Claim

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No small business wants to have their reputation dragged through the mud due to an unfair dismissal claim against them, whether they have employment lawyers on hand or not. However, for example when you have a small SEO company there are always going to be employees that don’t do the work you expect of them, or that fail to give the value you wanted for your business in some other regard. What can you do?

Rather than risk putting your business at risk of a lawsuit for unfair dismissal, it is wise to protect it in the following ways: –

  • Make sure you understand what unfair dismissal is in a legal sense.
  • Have employment contracts that are fair and just, with all the fine details in them needed to protect your business.

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Family Law

12 Tips to Get Through a Divorce Without Going Crazy

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There is no doubt about it, divorce is a stressful time, an emotional roller coaster that often makes you feel as if you are going crazy. That is why you will probably need advice from family lawyers to make sure you know exactly what you need to do to facilitate matters and to understand what your rights are.

It is a sad fact that many once happy couples need to seek out a law firm such as Family Lawyers Perth to help with a divorce – and then may think they will never be happy again. But life moves on and you will find as time goes by, you can adapt and have a life of your own once again. It may even be a better life than you had before.

Here are some tips to help you get through that divorce and come out the other side without having gone crazy.

  • When choosing a family lawyer, find a supportive lawyer to advise you and represent you if you need to go to court.
  • When you separate from your spouse, make sure you find a safe place to live. If there was violence, you don’t have to give them your address.
  • If your spouse threatens you, take out an VRO (Violence Restraining Order) against them. Then if they harass you they can be punished for it.
  • Don’t allow your ex to manipulate you by making you feel guilty. It takes two to work on a happy marriage. Know that there is most likely fault on both sides, but that doesn’t matter now. The courts don’t consider fault in any way; they only need to know that the relationship has broken down irretrievably.

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Criminal Law

What Happens if You Get Caught Drink Driving?

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If you have consumed alcohol and then drive a vehicle, you may find yourself on a drink driving charge. For this to happen, you will have been pulled over for a breathalyser test. If you fail the test, you’ll find yourself on the wrong side of the law and will need the help of criminal lawyers. The penalties for drink driving – also known as DUI (Driving Under the Influence) vary from state to state and much depends on the circumstances of the individual case.

How far over the limit you were, whether you were speeding or caused an accident and even the type of vehicle you were driving are all factors that are taken into account at your trial – if it comes to a trial, that is. It may be that you are simply fined and have points taken off your driver’s licence.

As a general rule, the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream of a driver must not be more than 0.05%. However, this may vary if you are a learner driver, on P plates or if you were driving a truck. In the latter case, the amount of alcohol in the blood must be nil.

The penalties for DUI vary depending on –

  • Your age
  • The blood alcohol level (BAC)
  • Type of licence you have
  • If there are any previous DUI convictions
  • If there are any other charges such as speeding
  • The type of vehicle you were driving

As we know, in Australia police can stop any vehicle to test the driver for DUI, whether they suspect you’ve been drinking or not.

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Employment Law

The Movement to End Wage Theft

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Over the last decade, grassroots opposition to Wage Theft has grown dramatically across the country. Wage theft, the illegal underpayment of wages primarily affects the working poor. It is widespread and occurs in various forms and industries. It is estimated that millions of low wage workers annually are not paid at legally required overtime rates, at minimum wages or for total hours worked. In response workers’ rights organizations have engaged in increasingly sophisticated and successful campaigns to strengthen enforcement and make sure that monies due employees are repaid.

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