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How to minimise the risks of the end of year party before, during and after the event

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Our Guide to Not Getting Your Tinsel in a Tangle this Silly Season

The end of year silly season is seen by employees as that time of the year where they can let down their hair, celebrate with their colleagues and reward themselves for their hard work. Unfortunately, the silly season is also a time that is fraught with risks for employers.

New Fair Work laws protecting vulnerable workers commence

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What’s Trending in Workplace Relations – September 2017

Update – New Fair Work laws protecting vulnerable workers commence; Jewish law incorporated into Rabbi’s contract; Broker ordered to pay damages after breaching post-termination restraints; Moving a redundancy date forward found to be adverse action; Employer found to have dismissed employee because of pregnancy, not as a result of document formatting errors; Alert – Queensland to introduce ‘Industrial’ Manslaughter Offence; Employer fined under WHS laws following a fatal forklift accident; Managerial inaction and mistreatment caused psychiatric injury; Alert – New pay deal for players in the W-League

Post-employment restraints unenforceable following employer’s repudiatory conduct

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What’s Trending in Workplace Relations – August 2017

Post-employment restraints unenforceable following employer’s repudiatory conduct; FWC Commissioner on a mission to set employers’ termination processes straight; Constructive dismissal from reduction in shifts; Full Bench finds that labour hire employee who was denied host site access was unfairly dismissed; Bullying application dismissed: Conduct was not repeated unreasonable behaviour; Employer agrees to $1.5 million Enforceable Undertaking

Employee reinstated after employer failed to make reasonable inquiries regarding return to work

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Employment Law & Workplace Safety E-Update – July 2017

Coming soon – Casual conversion clause; FWC rejects ATCU family and domestic violence leave clause but leaves door open for narrower family and domestic violence leave entitlement; Employee reinstated after employer failed to make reasonable inquiries regarding return to work; Coming soon – Amendments to WHS law in NSW – New penalties for repeat offenders

What’s your HR strategy for the new Financial Year?

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Employment Law E-update – June 2017

Planning for the new Financial Year – Checklist; Update – Penalty unit to increase from $180 to $220; Ordinary and customary turnover of labour exception disentitled employee to redundancy entitlements; Board member found to be a ‘worker’ under anti-bullying laws; No direct or indirect discrimination by the employer in dismissing a mechanic fitter; The FWC finds informal performance management to be a sufficient basis for termination of employment; Redundancies not genuine where jobs continue to exist on lower wage.

Annual Wage Review Decision 2017 and Penalty Rates Transitional Arrangements

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Special Edition E-update – June 2017

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

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Special Edition E-update – June 2017

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.

Accountancy firm found to be accessorily liable for underpayments

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Employment Law & Workplace Safety and Insurance E-update – May 2017

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

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Employment Law & Workplace Safety and Insurance E-update – April 2017

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

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