Webinar: Covid-19 Vaccination – Employer Rights and Obligations

The issue of vaccinations and how businesses deal with this is complex and is becoming more complex by the day. Depending on where your business is and what industry you are in, different rules may apply and they are changing rapidly and often without notice from the government. Andrew Bland will lead a discussion hitting topics such as: • Can…
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Certainty for employers as High Court rules on Casuals’ Double-Dipping

Even if you’re not an avid follower of the development of industrial relations law like we are, you probably remember the furore last year about a major decision concerning casual employees. WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene in 2018 (“Skene”) and the decision which followed it, WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato in 2020 (“Rossato”), sent shockwaves through most workplaces nationwide. See…
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Snap lockdown: what can I do?

States across Australia have gone – or are going – into lockdown, and there is no certainty about when things will return to normal. Just last year, the Federal Government enacted special legislation to help employers and employees to deal with these upheavals. But the JobKeeper provisions in the Fair Work Act, including options to stand-down employees and ask them…
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Casual Employees: Update on Recent Changes

On 27 March 2021 a number of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) commenced operation that relate to employment of casual employees and rights and obligations of casual employment. A number of the changes were introduced in an attempt to remove uncertainty around engagement of casual employees that has arisen in recent cases that deal with the definition…
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COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace

There is currently much discussion and debate about whether and, if so when, COVID-19 vaccinations might be mandated or required in certain situations. Some employers will be impacted by this discussion more than others however all employers likely to be faced with the issue to some extent once the vaccination becomes widely available. It is likely that a direction from…
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Performance Management Done Properly is Not Bullying

In a decision that provides reassurance for compliant employers, the Fair Work Commission has dismissed a former employee’s unfair dismissal claim, stating “It is unfortunately easy to respond to performance or disciplinary allegations, with counter allegations of bullying, but such counter allegations have to be substantiated otherwise they may not be accepted.”   The case involved an employee who claimed…
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