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That’s my pejorative

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Ethnic slurs in the workplace

That’s my pejorative All employers should be aware that discrimination in the workplace on the basis of a “protected attribute” is unlawful. For example, Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation provides that it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of “race.”...

It is all in the flexicution

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Flexible working arrangements

It is all in the flexicution What does an employer do in circumstances where it has granted flexible working arrangements and it is no longer able to accommodate the employee? The NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSW IRC) in Construction Forestry, Mining and...

FWC Awards Maximum Compensation to Dismissed Employee Who Stole Company Property

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The Punishment Did Not Fit The Crime

FWC Awards Maximum Compensation to Dismissed Employee Who Stole Company Property A Qantas flight attendant (the Applicant) who was sacked for stealing alcohol from a flight and lying about it was awarded $33,731 in compensation by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after...

Study finds over 500,000 people are participating in illegal unpaid work experience

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The Intern

Study finds over 500,000 people are participating in illegal unpaid work experience When it comes to unpaid work experience, the question to be asked is, “Is it legal?” In a recent study commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Employment, it was found that in...

Employees reinstated following hasty redundancy consultation

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Give me time

Employees reinstated following hasty redundancy consultation Restructuring and redundancies can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Employers have obligations to their employees during these times and sometimes the fast paced demands of the business are at...

New Deadline for Building Code Compliance

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Employer Alert

New Deadline for Building Code Compliance Employers seeking to undertake Commonwealth funded building and construction work will be required to ensure that their enterprise agreements comply with the 2016 Building Code by 31 August 2017 under a new Bill introduced in...

Dreamworld Issued With 10 Improvement and Prohibition Notices by WHS Queensland

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Home Improvements

Dreamworld Issued With 10 Improvement and Prohibition Notices by WHS Queensland Since the tragic events of October this year, Queensland theme park Dreamworld has come under intense scrutiny from the public, the media and a range of investigative bodies. The park...

Employee Admits to Copying and Accessing Former Employer’s Confidential Information

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Copy and Paste

Employee Admits to Copying and Accessing Former Employer’s Confidential Information SAI Global Property Division Pty Ltd v Johnstone [2016] FCA 1333 Employees have ready access to their employer’s confidential information during the course of their employment. For an...

Employer was found guilty of failing to ensure that persons other than employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety

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‘Inadequate’ WHS Penalty Increased Seven-fold on Appeal

Employer was found guilty of failing to ensure that persons other than employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety In June this year, a Victorian textiles company was fined $7,000 for breaching work health and safety laws when a subcontractor truck...

Victorian Government Explores Licensing System for Labour Hire Companies

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Licence to Labour Hire

Victorian Government Explores Licensing System for Labour Hire Companies Underpayment and sham contracting in the labour supply chain has been the focus of much of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO) and the media’s attention this year. The FWO has conducted a number of...

Terminating Employment and Police Investigations

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Use It or Lose It

Terminating Employment and Police Investigations The decision of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) in NW v Taitung Australia Pty Ltd [2016] FWC 7982 reminds employers of the requirement to act quickly where an employee has been found guilty of serious...

FroYo Master Franchisor Penalised for Involvement in Workplace Law Contraventions

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Significant Decision Case Study

FroYo Master Franchisor Penalised for Involvement in Workplace Law Contraventions Facts Yogurberry World Square Pty Ltd (Yogurberry World Square) operated a take-away frozen yoghurt and drinks franchise in World Square, Sydney. Yogurberry World Square was a member of...

FWC Clarifies Status of Volunteer Coaches

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World in Motion

FWC Clarifies Status of Volunteer Coaches The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) provides a protection from unfair dismissal and permits an application to be made for remedy. In our previous blog Objection! – Access to the Unfair Dismissal Jurisdiction we outlined some...

WHS is an Issue for Everyone

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Ah Yes, The Safety Dance

WHS is an Issue for Everyone The media has extensively reported on the tragic events at Dreamworld. Whilst this event was shocking, it serves as a reminder that everyone within a business has a role to play when it comes to complying with work health and safety (WHS)...

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