There was plenty to write about in 2021. Here are the five most-read CIE Legal articles of 2021.

With disruption on the agenda throughout the year, it’s not surprising that worker-related updates feature heavily in our most-read list, with two of our top five focusing specifically on COVID-related issues. Changes to commercial property lease arrangements also interested our readers.

  1. 1) Can I force my employees to return to the office?

This question was on the tip of many a business leader’s tongue in February 2021 when Simone Kaplan and Ines Balint released this article to demystify the issue.

2) Regular and systematic casuals are not so casual

At the end of 2020, the Fair Work Commission upheld an appeal by a former employee seeking to have her prior period of casual employment counted towards the minimum employment period needed to pursue an unfair dismissal claim. In this article, Ines Balint and Andrew Maher explored the implications of the ruling.

3) Can I direct my employees to get the COVID vaccine?

While events have moved on since this question was a hot topic in March 2021, the basic legal principles behind the update have not. Take a read to remind yourself of the underlying issues.

4) Commercial tenancy relief schemes in Victoria

The last in this series of updates, produced by Lionel Appleboom and Elliott Mann was released in 2021. It proved to be as popular as its 2020 predecessors (parts 1, 2, and 3).

5) When can a conversation be lawfully recorded?

This update is five years old, yet remains as popular as ever! Is it lawful to secretly record conversations at work. Read the article here to find out.

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