Understanding the Hawking Prohibition in Financial Services

Do you remember when you used to go into a bank requesting a bank cheque to buy a car, and next thing you know the teller is trying to sell you car insurance? Since October 2021, this kind of unsolicited selling is largely prohibited under the hawking prohibition, unless an exemption applies. So, what is […]

What the new rules for casual employees mean for employers: 3 changes to be aware of

The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Act 2024 introduced new laws on the engagement of casual employees. Effective from 26 August 2024, these amendments include a revised definition of ‘casual employee’ which will make it harder for employers to know whether their casual employees are properly engaged as casual. In this article […]

Beyond the office: Our guide to remote working

At Source, we embrace the flexibility of remote work, allowing our team to operate 100% remotely if they choose. This is embedded in our core values, enabling our lawyers to work flexibly, remotely, and within their preferred hours. Remote working, like any work setup, comes with its own set of advantages and challenges. While we […]

A new Consumer Data Right in New Zealand

In a significant update in data privacy and usage regulations in New Zealand, there have been recent developments to the New Zealand Draft Customer and Product Data Bill (the “Bill“), which aims to establish a Consumer Data Right (CDR) in New Zealand. Current Status and Scope Currently before Parliament, the Bill has not yet been […]

Unraveling the unknown of wage underpayments

How do wage underpayments actually occur? They’re rarely deliberate. Usually, they start with a small error that snowballs into thousands or millions of dollars. Often this is because the employer has no system in place to make sure they are paying people correctly. Let’s take an aspect of the Commonwealth Bank Group’s recent underpayment case […]

Managing Multiple Roles in Employment

A question we get asked often is can we have the same person work in two different roles? The short answer is yes. However, you need to ensure the roles are separate and distinct from each other.   Separation and distinction This involves doing things like: Separate employment agreements: Each role should have its own […]

Navigating Workplace Gender Equality and WGEA reporting

It has been more than ten years since the enactment of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, establishing the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), and Australian Government statutory agency. The WGEA was created as a vital entity in fostering and promoting gender equality within Australian workplaces.   Overall, Australian employers have made progress, but there […]

Switching off: Unpacking Australia’s new Right to Disconnect

The right to disconnect from work is set to become law in Australia on 26 August 2024 – leaving many people wanting to know what it means for their day-to-day. Importantly, the new law focuses on an employee’s right to refuse contact outside of work hours and doesn’t place a general obligation on employers not […]

Source Appoints Lisa Dadswell as Executive Director

Source continues to grow with the appointment of Lisa Dadswell who joins as Executive Director in our Governance team. Lisa is an experienced Company Secretary and corporate governance professional. She brings with her extensive experience as a trusted advisor to boards and executive management of companies across a variety of sectors and industries and a […]