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Employment Law – Background

A senior accountant whose employment contract was repudiated by accountancy firm Crowe Horwath has been awarded almost $425,000 in damages by a Victorian court.

Employment Law – Decision:

Justice McDonald of the Victorian Supreme Court:

  • held that that the senior accountant was entitled to 12 months pay and superannuation ($281,667) and a $142,778 bonus for 2015/2016 that he would have received if the firm had not repudiated his employment contract in July 2016
  • rejected the firm’s argument that the accountant’s employment contract would have ended when the firm implemented a restructure which was opposed by the employee in August 2016, and would have prompted a six-month termination payment
  • costs and interests have not yet been decided

The decision is available for you to read through the hyperlink:

Crowe Horwath (Aust) Pty Ltd v Loone (No 3) [2017] VSC 548 (15 September 2017)

Employment Law – Tips for Employers

Our Matthews Folbigg Workplace Solutions employment law team recommends employers:

  • review this employment contract case decision
  • seek the assistance of an employment lawyer to understand the impacts of this decision
  • ensure compliance with all employment laws including Fair Work Commission decisions, Awards and enterprise agreements
  • understand what employment laws apply at your workplace including Awards and enterprise agreements
  • review your employment contracts and employment law policies at least once every 12 months to ensure they remain current with workplace practices and all employment laws
  • damages can apply for breaches of employment contracts and some employment law policies (which an employment lawyer can advise on)
  • penalties can apply for breaches of employment laws including Awards and enterprise agreements (which an employment lawyer can advise on)
  • raise any employment law questions with an employment lawyer

Employment Law – More Information

Please call the leading employment lawyers in Parramatta, the Matthews Folbigg Workplace Solutions employment law team on 9635-7966 to speak with one of our employment lawyers.