Employment Laws: Employer’s Perspective Part 2

There are more to list of employment laws that are viewed as the most important. Continuing with the article Employment Laws: Employer’s Perspective: Part 1, we dive into the clauses regarding termination, dress code, remuneration, and behavior.

 

Termination

Employment can end for many unique reasons. Employees may resign or they could be terminated. There are certain rules that must be followed when terminating an employee which include a notice and their final pay. For termination, it depends on how long an employee has been with the current company. The time spent with the company and age can help determine how much in advance the notice period must be.

 

Dress code

Depending on what type of company the employee is working with, there could be a dress standard set in place. Employees will have to abide by the dress code during their employment. Not adhering to the dress code could result in probationary periods or termination  

 

Remuneration

Businesses can decide on the system they want to use to determine remuneration, as long as they comply with the laws. Payment should not be based on their race, gender, or religious affiliations. As long as employees are doing the same work, equal pay should be distributed to avoid discrimination lawsuits.

 

Behavior

Though it is an employee’s right to have a social life outside of work, companies can enforce certain behaviors outside of the workplace. With social media continuing to be a growing aspect in society, companies want to make sure their employees are representing the company culture properly. If an employee has a negative social media presence, it could affect how the company looks to consumers.

 

When drafting an employee contract, make sure to have a legal professional review or help draft it. There are many clauses that should be added in your contracts and should not be overlooked to protect the company and the employees. Having proper contracts drafted can save employers legal situations in the future and should be taken seriously.

 

**This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. In relation to your individual situation, always seek advice specific to your circumstances from a lawyer.

 

What to Look For When Hiring a Lawyer

A lawyer is your advocate who should fight on your behalf in a legal situation. They should use reasonable, ethical, and cost-effective means to get you the best possible outcome. You can search online for law firms and private offices or you could take recommendations and read reviews. If you are looking for a lawyer for a legal issue, think of these qualities when researching and meeting with your soon-to-be counselor.

Comfort
If you are not comfortable with your lawyer, you may not feel confident they can do the job. You want to be able to feel comfortable with your lawyer and have an open relationship. This will allow both of you to share relevant information pertaining to your matter. A lawyer won’t be able to fully assist with your matter without knowing all of the information.

Fees
Look for or ask for their rates when hiring a lawyer. You want your lawyer’s fees to be worth taking the case to trial. If it’s a small dispute it, it won’t require expensive representation. Expensive fees do not mean that the representation will necessarily be any better nor does it guarantee you will win your case. Legal fees should be considered on a cost-benefit analysis. Mid-range priced lawyers generally offer the best value and you will be getting solid experience with a firm that has strong capability without paying the corporate price.

Their Track Record
Search your possible counsel’s name on the Internet before you meet with them. Check the firm’s Google reviews. Also, ask the lawyer about his or her experience and that of the team. You are entitled to know whether they can do the job. This is because not all lawyers are good lawyers.

Communication
You want to know your lawyer will be with you every step of the way during the trial process. Even if you have a random question or concern in the middle of the night and need counsel, you want a lawyer who will respond swiftly. After your initial meeting, save some questions and send over an email with your concerns. If it takes them days to respond, they may be too busy to be handling your case.

Negotiation
Ensure that your lawyer is a good negotiator. Many are very combative when they should conciliatory where appropriate. A lawyer’s goal is to get the job done, having regard to the client’s goals.

When choosing a lawyer, you want to find the best fit for you. You need someone who is competent and aware of your needs, not only your cases needs. Find someone who you are comfortable with and successful to help with making a difficult time in your life a little bit easier.

 

**This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. In relation to your individual situation, always seek advice specific to your circumstances from a lawyer.

Entry Requirements for Law Schools

Are you pursuing a law degree? If you want to immerse yourself in the education of law, you need to know the requirements involved with getting accepted. I used my alma mater to go into the depths of requirements of getting into law school. There are four ways to enter the Melbourne JD program.

General Entry:

Compromised by a large majority of students, general entry applications are put through a selection process. The process is based on the performance in academic performance in all previous tertiary studies and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Your application will be ranked based upon these scores. Applicants who ranked the highest will be admitted within the intake quota for that year.

Guaranteed Entry Pathways:

Three of the four ways to enter a program fall under the guaranteed entry pathways.

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship Program:
This scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards for school leavers and is based on academic merit. You can receive this award by having your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank or equivalent of 99.99 or above with an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne.  This opportunity is for high-achieving students from Australia and overseas. You will retain fee exemptions and be guaranteed a place in Melbourne’s graduate program of your choice.

Graduate Degree Package:

This degree package works differently from other Australian universities. Melbourne’s process will have you graduating with a Master’s degree. You’ll study for law along with complementary subjects and then will be required to take specialized graduate studies. You can enter this graduate degree package with a score of 99.80 or above and must commence the JD within 18 months of completing your undergraduate degree. Applicants eligible for the packages will not be required to take the LSATs. Packages available are:

  • Bachelor of Agriculture/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Arts/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Commerce/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Design/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Music/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Science/ Juris Doctor

Fee Place Guarantee:

The final way to enter a JD program is the free place guarantee. You would need to score a 99.00 or above and at least a 75% weighted average in an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne. These students will not be required to complete the LSAT.

All of the applicants must meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.