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.
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.