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Wrapped in the Media: Christmas & Workplace Law Trends

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2016: The year of accessorial liability

During 2016 we have seen an increase in the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO’s) efforts to pursue directors and managers, including HR and payroll managers, for their involvement in contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act).

In a HRD magazine feature article Workplace Law's Managing Director, Athena Koelmeyer, discusses the developments in the area of accessorial liability and what legal issues were trending in 2016.

 

The Christmas work party and the law

The office Christmas party, with the release of a new movie featuring Jennifer Aniston, is a hot topic this year. It seems employers are keen to understand their legal risks and obligations and what precautions they should take when planning and hosting events.

In an interview for Radio National’s Law Report Athena Koelmeyer discusses the risks and recent litigation associated with office Christmas parties.

The interview can be accessed via the ABC Radio National Law Reports home page and the ABC Radio National Law Report podcast via Apple’s Podcast App.

 

Study shows nearly half of Aussie retail workers are subjected to customer abuse: What retail employers can do to help their employees

Christmas time is a “high-pressure season” and sadly often brings out the worst in customer behaviour.

Workplace Law’s Director, Shane Koelmeyer, was recently interviewed by Smart Company in response to a survey of 5,500 retail workers conducted by the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), and suggested some strategies for retail employers in terms of supporting their employees. For example, employers could consider having a practice in place where they offer employees EAP (confidential independent counselling) should they feel upset after being abused by customers.

HRD Magazine – Q&A: When Enterprise Agreement Bargaining Turns Ugly

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In issue 14.9 of HRD Magazine, Workplace Law's Managing Director, Athena Koelmeyer highlights to employers the techniques that can be used in difficult enterprise agreement negotiations, common pitfalls during enterprise agreement bargaining and what to do if the negotiation should fail.

The Q&A article can be found here.

HRD Magazine - Clock-Watching: What is ‘Reasonable’ Anyway?

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In Issue 14.7 of HRD Magazine Workplace Law's Managing Director, Athena Koelmeyer, discusses the term ‘reasonable additional hours’ commonly used in employment contracts and outlines the main factors employers should consider when determining whether an employee’s working hours are ‘reasonable’ under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

The article “Reasonable Working Hours” is part of an Employment Law special report and can be accessed here together with our suggestions for the important HR and WHS areas that your business should focus on for the rest of 2016.

 

Workplace Law announced as a Major Commercial Partner for Sydney FC’s W-League team

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Press release by Sydney FC regarding Workplace Law's sponsorship for the 2016/17 W-League season.

Read the article here.

 

OHS Alert - Employers advised to review travel policies

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Workplace Law Director Shane Koelmeyer was recently asked by OHS Alert to comment on a case involving the heart attack provisions of the NSW Workers' Compensation Act.  Shane also discussed what employers should do in light of the decision made by the Workers Compensation Commission in this case.

Read the article here.

Workplace Law and Sydney FC

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Press release by Sydney FC regarding Workplace Law's sponsorship of Sydney FC international marquee player Filip Holosko for the 2015/16 A League season.

Read the article here.

 

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