Workplace Relations

Before you consider “performance managing” an employee, read this!

Posted on September 24, 2015

We often meet with clients who are frustrated with an employee, and commonly they ask: “can’t I just performance manage him/her out of my…

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32,496 reasons why you should be keeping records and providing pay slips to your employees

Posted on September 10, 2015

A recent decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has seen a company fined $29,640 for failing to keep employee records and…

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Employer ordered to take back sackings by text – even though the jobs don’t exist anymore!

Posted on August 27, 2015

Earlier this month, 56 stevedores based in Sydney and 41 stevedores based in Brisbane received a text message from their employers, Sydney…

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Could you be personally liable under the WHS Act? Industrial Court sheds light on the meaning of “officer”

Posted on August 20, 2015

The case of McKie v Munir Al-Hasani & Kenoss Contractors Pty Ltd [2015] ACTIC 1 related to a fatal safety incident on 23 March 2012.…

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Stop it - I don’t like it! First anti-bullying decision highlights importance of workplace policies

Posted on August 13, 2015

Last week, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) published its first substantive decision in respect of an application by two employees to stop…

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Employee tells manager to "f*ck off", kisses a co-worker... and wins his unfair dismissal claim

Posted on July 17, 2015

The decision in Keenan v Leighton Boral Amey Joint Venture [2015] FWC 3156 serves as yet another reminder to employers to ensure that…

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The Do's and Don'ts of responding to safety incidents

Posted on July 02, 2015

Many important and complex provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) (WHS Act) are immediately enlivened the moment that a…

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FWC rules that employees should kiss and tell

Posted on June 25, 2015

In Mihalopoulos v Westpac Banking Corporation [2015] FWC 2087, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) heard an unfair dismissal application by an…

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Penalties await employers unprepared for 1 July 2015!

Posted on June 11, 2015

Last week, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) released its Annual Wage Review 2014 – 2015. This is a yearly exercise undertaken by the FWC, as…

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“Baby brain” leads to $150,000 order against employee

Posted on May 21, 2015

An employee had her sex discrimination claim thrown out by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and was ordered to pay her employer’s…

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