A restraint of trade clause, in various forms, may be included in an employment contract, usually at the commencement of employment. A post-employment restraint will be considered at the completion of the employment relationship. The purpose of post-employment restraints is to protect legitimate business interests of the employer.
In the August 2023, the High Court unanimously overturned the earlier decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal that had originally found an employer was vicariously liable for the wrongful act of an intoxicated employee who had urinated on a colleague sleeping in staff accommodation.
On 1 March 2023, the Public Sector Act 2022 commenced, repealing and replacing the Public Service Act 2008. This new Act sets out a new legislative employment framework for the Queensland public sector.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is an independent Australian Commonwealth agency that will detect, investigate, and report on serious or systemic corrupt conduct in the Commonwealth public sector. The NACC will also educate the public service, and the public, about corruption risks and prevention. The NACC commenced on 1 July 2023.
On 21 October 2022, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2022 was given assent. The Act amends the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and also makes related amendments to the Health Ombudsman Act 2013. This article explores the relevant changes.
As of 1 March 2018, the power to take immediate registration action against a health practitioner was extended to include the power to take such action if the Health Ombudsman reasonably believes the action is “otherwise in the public interest”.
Under the Criminal Code in Queensland, a person commits an offence if they use a carriage service in a way that reasonable persons would regard as being, in all the circumstances, menacing, harassing or offensive. The “service” can include a fixed or mobile telephone service, an internet service, or an intranet service.