Johnston Withers Archive

Who is a Bully at Work?

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
GRAHAM HARBORD A recent landmark decision by the Fair Work Commission gives an expansive interpretation of the definition of ‘worker’ to potentially cover governing board members, including chairpersons and directors, for the purposes of the Fair Work Act’s anti-bullying jurisdiction. This is the first time that a chairperson of an organization has been considered to be ... Read more

Injured workers lose again

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
Hugh Rischbeith of our Adelaide office commented that the recent decision of Boland v Saxon Energy Services Australia Pty Ltd raises several important points on industrial safety and workers compensation law in South Australia.BackgroundIn Boland v Saxon, two employees of Saxon Energy Services (Saxon) suffered serious crush injuries while working on a drill rig when ... Read more

10 Things Your Employment Contract Should Contain

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Holly GardnerMany people think that if they do not have a written contract of employment then they are not under a contract of employment.  This is incorrect.  A verbal agreement can still be an enforceable agreement at law.  The real question is whether that contract is subject to verbal or written terms or a combination ... Read more

Review of the Return to Work ACT

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Graham Harbord of our firm was invited to speak to the Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Health & Safety on 13 April 2017. That is to say that Johnston Withers is recognised as having substantial experience and expertise in workers compensation.  Graham talked about the changes to the Return to Work legislation and in particular the ... Read more

A big thank you from Johnston Withers

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Thank you all for another great year at Johnston Withers.  While the world is becoming increasingly unpredictable we have been hard at work - kicking goals for our clients, building our business and creating what we hope is great professional environment for our staff.We have a number of milestones to share - starting with our birthday party.  Johnson Withers turned 70 ... Read more
Property Lawyers Adelaide

Knowing your rights in the SA public sector

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It can be hard working out your workplace rights at the best of times, but if you’re an SA public sector employee, it’s particularly difficult.General information about employment law that you might find on the internet is generally useless to you. That’s because, since 2006, nearly all workers have become subject to federal employment laws ... Read more
Family Lawyer in Adelaide

Divorce FAQs

Posted by Johnston Withers, in News
The law about divorce, and about family law generally,  can be a bit of a mystery. So our Divorce Lawyers in Adelaide have prepared some simple FAQs to help you navigate your way through.  If you have any questions not answered on this page please ring for a free first half hour interview with our ... Read more

Johnston Withers Lawyers in Clare

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Once every two years we at Johnston Withers retreat.  No not to meditate, but to learn.  We gather our lawyers from our Adelaide and regional offices, and their families, and meet for a weekend of discussion, seminar presentations, client interaction ........ and great food and wine.Our most recent retreat was in the beautiful Clare Valley.  We based ourselves ... Read more

Unfair dismissal: what to do if you are sacked

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You have just been dismissed from your employment. You think the dismissal was unfair. You are angry and upset.It's time to see a specialist employment lawyer.You should not delay in getting legal advice. You only have 21 days from the date the dismissal takes effect to lodge an application in the Federal Fair Work Commission for instance, ... Read more

What to do if you are arrested

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 Many people do not fully understand their legal rights after they have been arrested.  This can be a very stressful time for the person involved, as well as for their friends and family.  It is worth keeping in mind the following dos and don'ts.  Here's what to do:Alway be polite to the officers concerned, and to ... Read more