Annual Wage Review Decision 2017 and Penalty Rates Transitional Arrangements
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced the outcome of the Annual Wage Review (AWR) and in a separate decision, the Full Bench of the FWC has set out the arrangements for the reduction in Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates.
Manage the Challenge: Restructuring and Redundancies
For employers, the decision to make significant changes to the way a business operates is a difficult one – especially where positions are made redundant. This makes an already challenging time even more difficult emotionally and financially.
HRD Employer of Choice Awards 2017
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Accountancy firm found to be accessorily liable for underpayments
The Fair Work Commission introduces changes to the agreement approval process; The Fair Work Ombudsman proposes new Bill to address record keeping for vulnerable workers; Accountancy firm found to be accessorily liable for underpayments; Unions and union organisers penalised for their involvement in unlawful industrial activity; Employer ordered to pay $10,000 in damages to job candidate for discrimination based on mental illness; Injury from rugby league charity match not compensable; Cleanaway fined $650k over Adelaide chemical fire
Worker awarded compensation for heart attack from work-related depression
Worker awarded compensation for heart attack from work-related depression; Security guard fails to establish that work at a hospital is noisy employment; Principal contractor to share liability with employer for crane dogman’s three meter fall; Former business development manager ordered to deliver up electronic devices for examination; ABCC releases new guidance for compliance with the national construction code; NERR changes have now commenced; Full Federal Court decision confirms meetings or discussions could be held in multipurpose area; Deed of release with former employee withstands unlawful discrimination challenge; Mentally ill employee not a victim of adverse action because he failed to be contactable during absence
Inappropriate and discriminatory – What questions should employers ask candidates during job interviews?
Update – Delay to changes to late night penalties; VP Watson delivers his decision declining family and domestic violence leave in Modern Awards ahead of the Full Bench decision; Employee’s bid for reinstatement under workers compensation legislation fails; Update – Variations to the Section 173 Notice of Employee Representational Rights; Inappropriate and discriminatory – What questions should employers ask candidates during job interviews?; Refusal to employ applicant with back condition was adverse action by the AFP.
Former NRL player commences first concussion legal action
Court of Appeal decision – Host employer not liable for attempted murder by labour hire worker; NSW employer fined over $200,000 for misleading SWMS; Employer fined $120,000 for serious WHS breaches after failing to follow own SWMS; Former NRL player commences first concussion legal action.
FWC Penalty Rates Decision
FWC Penalty Rates Decision; Update – Senate passes amendments to ABCC legislation; Director and Payroll Manager held personally liable for underpayments; Dismissals unfair as employer failed to consider voluntary redundancy swaps; Update – Enterprise Agreement approval and the Notice of Employee Representational Rights; Employer vicariously liable under anti-discrimination law for sexual assault; Dismissal for ‘tagging’ employees on Facebook was harsh; Inherent requirements of a role must also consider how duties are performed; Club’s dismissal of employee for not being a ‘team player’ did not warrant summary dismissal.
Counselling session was reasonable management action
Counselling session was reasonable management action; Consequential condition claim rejected for failure to provide sufficient evidence of ‘overuse’ activities; Host employer liable for worker’s back injury; Employer fined after cutting corners.
What is the ‘gig’ economy?
The rise of the ‘gig’ economy brings with it some important legal considerations for employers. This e-update outlines what the ‘gig’ economy is, relevant information about the ‘gig’ economy in Australia, an example of a key case and the benefits and risks.
Employee too resistant to change for reasonable redeployment
Employee too resistant to change for reasonable redeployment; Roof-tiler found to be an employee and not an independent contractor; Casual labour hire employee found to have entitlement to annual leave; Striking workers penalised by Federal Court for unlawful industrial action; Reasonable test demonstrates employee’s perception of bullying misplaced; Employee reinstated after employer’s investigation process was flawed; Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!