Workplace Relations

Employers beware of forced resignations

Posted on June 28, 2018

In Choukrallah-Kazemi v Singapore Airlines Limited [2018] FWC 2277, an employee made an application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC)…

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Kicking up a stink! Employee loses bullying claim regarding manager’s flatulence

Posted on June 14, 2018

In a ripper of a case[i], the Victorian Supreme Court rejected a worker’s $1.8 million claim against his supervisor, whom he dubbed “Mr…

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Whistleblower protection changes on the way. Are you ready?

Posted on May 25, 2018

The importance of protecting whistleblowers has long been recognised however, the statutory whistleblower regime in Australia has often…

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Expletive filled tirades of foul abuse and threats. Sackable, right? Not so fast!

Posted on April 13, 2018

In the recent decision of Illawarra Coal Holdings Pty Ltd T/A South32 v Matthew Gosek [2018] FWCFB 1829, the Full Bench of the Fair Work…

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#MeToo movement gains momentum in Fair Work Commission

Posted on February 22, 2018

Two recent decisions by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) suggest that the #MeToo movement is gaining momentum in the employment law…

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Mistletoe, Mirth, and Misconduct - How to avoid a Legal Hangover from your Workplace Christmas Party!

Posted on December 14, 2017

‘Tis the season of the office Christmas party - a time for fun, frivolity, and a few drinks! However, when employees get a little too…

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Minding your P’s & Q’s - what social media conduct justifies dismissal?

Posted on December 07, 2017

Differing decisions of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) demonstrate that employers must walk a fine line in determining whether an employee’s…

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Think twice! Hefty penalties for serious breaches of workplace laws under new Vulnerable Workers Act!

Posted on September 28, 2017

On 15 September 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (Cth) (Vulnerable Workers Act) came into effect. The…

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Commission proposes casual conversion in 85 modern awards

Posted on July 27, 2017

On 5 July 2017, the Fair Work Commission (Commission) handed down its long-awaited decision on casual and part-time employment as part of…

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What’s in a name? More than you’d think if you want a right of entry onto a work site!

Posted on July 13, 2017

In the recent decision of Ramsay & Anor v Menso & Anor [2017] FCCA 1416, the Federal Circuit Court affirmed the importance of…

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