Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals (SCIP) Meeting - May 2017
Before tackling topics of interest, in which group members submitted prior to the session, the group enjoyed hearing about the history of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in Victoria.
Maurice Blackburn addressed concerns about the protections around redundancy (which unfortunately there is very little) unless there is a case for unfair dismissal. New group member, Malcolm Harding, shared his perspective that one would need to look into what the substantive reason is for the redundancies.
The Lawyers also spoke to the distinction between approaching private lawyers (such as them) vs. the Equal Opportunities Commission for someone experiencing discrimination in the workplace. There is also a distinction between approaching the Equal Opportunities Commission (State Jurisdiction) vs. the Australian Human Rights Commission (Federal Jurisdiction).
Maurice Blackburn themselves can assist people to access insurance benefits through superannuation. Early access to super can be for severe financial hardship (e.g. on Centrelink for more than 6 months) – up to $10,000 can be accessed and Compassionate grounds such as funerals, palliative care, home and vehicle modifications and permanent incapacity.
It was a timely first meeting for Malcolm, as a barrister he was able to offer his own personal and professional experiences in some of the areas that were being discussed during the session.
After the Maurice Blackburn presentation, the group spoke about the possibility of being represented at WOT Days as well as other advertising possibilities to help the group grow and develop further.
Welcoming guest speakers was a great success for both the group, as well as the representatives from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. SCIP looks forward to holding further sessions with them, and other organisations and spokespeople in the future.
Details of our next event
Thursday, 24 Aug 2017
Lonely Planet Offices
551 Swanston Street, Carlton
Session on Job Access, including: Eligibility criteria, Processes, Funding options and more!