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Can you sack an employee for not taking sick leave?

As we move into the final stages of winter, the cacophony of coughs and dripping of noses is intensifying in many Australian workplaces. There is something curiously contradictory about the Australian psyche which results in many employees attending for work when they are ill and yet taking “sickies” on other days when they are in fact well.Interestingly the Supreme Court of Poland has upheld an employer’s decision to sack an employee for not taking sick leave. Unfortunately the case is in…See More
Aug 4
Kristin Ramsey posted a blog post

Can you sack an employee for not taking sick leave?

As we move into the final stages of winter, the cacophony of coughs and dripping of noses is intensifying in many Australian workplaces. There is something curiously contradictory about the Australian psyche which results in many employees attending for work when they are ill and yet taking “sickies” on other days when they are in fact well.Interestingly the Supreme Court of Poland has upheld an employer’s decision to sack an employee for not taking sick leave. Unfortunately the case is in…See More
Aug 3
A blog post by Kristin Ramsey was featured

Workplace romance in the spotlight after AFL resignations

The alleged “forced” resignations of two senior AFL officials last week after disclosing affairs with co-workers has again sparked public debate about the legal issues and consequences surrounding workplace romances: http://wwos.nine.com.au/2017/07/14/12/03/afl-important-announcement-gillon-mclachlanStatistics show that the number of office flings and longer term partnerships formed in the…See More
Jul 20
Kristin Ramsey posted a blog post

Workplace romance in the spotlight after AFL resignations

The alleged “forced” resignations of two senior AFL officials last week after disclosing affairs with co-workers has again sparked public debate about the legal issues and consequences surrounding workplace romances: http://wwos.nine.com.au/2017/07/14/12/03/afl-important-announcement-gillon-mclachlanStatistics show that the number of office flings and longer term partnerships formed in the…See More
Jul 20
A blog post by Kristin Ramsey was featured

Non compliance with industrial laws just got 15% more expensive

The value of the Federal Penalty Unit is set to increase by approximately 15% from 1 July 2017.In an employment context, this means that employers can be fined up to $63,000 per breach of the Fair Work Act, whilst individuals (such as directors, managers and others found to be “accessories”) can be personally fined up to $12,600 per breach.Last financial year the Fair Work Ombudsman ran extensive audit campaigns in a number of industries. Of the businesses audited, approximately 39% were found…See More
May 26
Kristin Ramsey posted a blog post

Non compliance with industrial laws just got 15% more expensive

The value of the Federal Penalty Unit is set to increase by approximately 15% from 1 July 2017.In an employment context, this means that employers can be fined up to $63,000 per breach of the Fair Work Act, whilst individuals (such as directors, managers and others found to be “accessories”) can be personally fined up to $12,600 per breach.Last financial year the Fair Work Ombudsman ran extensive audit campaigns in a number of industries. Of the businesses audited, approximately 39% were found…See More
May 25
A blog post by Kristin Ramsey was featured

Is your Enterprise Agreement a time bomb?

The public have expressed outrage regarding recent revelations surrounding Bakers Delights’ employment arrangements at some of its Victorian franchises.Earlier this week most media outlets jumped on the story of a young girl allegedly being paid just $38.50 for a 4 hour Sunday shift (which is reportedly around half of what she would be entitled to under the applicable modern award).It is clear from even a cursory review of the media articles and commentary on this matter that Bakers Delight is…See More
Jan 13
Kristin Ramsey posted a blog post

Is your Enterprise Agreement a time bomb?

The public have expressed outrage regarding recent revelations surrounding Bakers Delights’ employment arrangements at some of its Victorian franchises.Earlier this week most media outlets jumped on the story of a young girl allegedly being paid just $38.50 for a 4 hour Sunday shift (which is reportedly around half of what she would be entitled to under the applicable modern award).It is clear from even a cursory review of the media articles and commentary on this matter that Bakers Delight is…See More
Jan 5
Benjamin Hume Walker commented on Kristin Ramsey's blog post Christmas is approaching - is it time to give notice?
"Congrats Kristin;  a well written article giving succinct guidance on this sometime complex topic"
Oct 15, 2016
Benjamin Hume Walker liked Kristin Ramsey's blog post Christmas is approaching - is it time to give notice?
Oct 15, 2016
A blog post by Kristin Ramsey was featured

Christmas is approaching - is it time to give notice?

Do you intend to shut down operations over the Christmas and New Year period this year?If so, now is the time to start thinking about likely shut down dates and double checking your obligations in relation to employee entitlements during the shutdown.Unfortunately, many employers mistakenly believe that:they can simply direct an employee to take annual leave during a period of shut down; andif the employee has insufficient annual leave accrued to cover the shutdown, the employee can be directed…See More
Oct 10, 2016
Kristin Ramsey posted a blog post

Christmas is approaching - is it time to give notice?

Do you intend to shut down operations over the Christmas and New Year period this year?If so, now is the time to start thinking about likely shut down dates and double checking your obligations in relation to employee entitlements during the shutdown.Unfortunately, many employers mistakenly believe that:they can simply direct an employee to take annual leave during a period of shut down; andif the employee has insufficient annual leave accrued to cover the shutdown, the employee can be directed…See More
Oct 7, 2016
A blog post by Kristin Ramsey was featured

Assessing "he said, she said" evidence - eyewitness account insufficient proof of misconduct

The Fair Work Commission has found that an aged care provider unfairly dismissed a personal carer when it erroneously relied upon an “eyewitness’” to substantiate an allegation of elder abuse.Deputy President Booth found that there was insufficient evidence to establish on the balance of probabilities that the abuse had taken place, and as such there was no valid reason for dismissal.This decision is important for employers as it provides guidance on the approach to take when weighing up “he…See More
Sep 22, 2016
Kristin Ramsey posted a blog post

Assessing "he said, she said" evidence - eyewitness account insufficient proof of misconduct

The Fair Work Commission has found that an aged care provider unfairly dismissed a personal carer when it erroneously relied upon an “eyewitness’” to substantiate an allegation of elder abuse.Deputy President Booth found that there was insufficient evidence to establish on the balance of probabilities that the abuse had taken place, and as such there was no valid reason for dismissal.This decision is important for employers as it provides guidance on the approach to take when weighing up “he…See More
Sep 21, 2016
A blog post by Kristin Ramsey was featured

Domestic Violence Orders – businesses must take reasonable steps to accommodate workers

A recent decision of the Full Federal Court to uphold a 2015 decision of the Fair Work Commission highlights some of the practical difficulties employers may face when dealing with the impact of domestic violence orders in the workplace.Ms M and her husband both worked for the same architectural firm in Victoria, in the same office and same department.In early January 2015 Ms M was the victim of domestic violence and as a result the police issued a Family Violence Safety Notice which excluded…See More
Sep 7, 2016
Kristin Ramsey posted a blog post

Domestic Violence Orders – businesses must take reasonable steps to accommodate workers

A recent decision of the Full Federal Court to uphold a 2015 decision of the Fair Work Commission highlights some of the practical difficulties employers may face when dealing with the impact of domestic violence orders in the workplace.Ms M and her husband both worked for the same architectural firm in Victoria, in the same office and same department.In early January 2015 Ms M was the victim of domestic violence and as a result the police issued a Family Violence Safety Notice which excluded…See More
Sep 6, 2016

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What would you like to share about yourself?
I am an experienced industrial relations practitioner currently heading up the workplace relations team at Hynes Legal.
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http://www.hyneslegal.com.au/
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1-49
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Open networking, Referrals between friends

Kristin Ramsey's Blog

Can you sack an employee for not taking sick leave?

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 16:04 0 Comments

As we move into the final stages of winter, the cacophony of coughs and dripping of noses is intensifying in many Australian workplaces. There is something curiously contradictory about the Australian psyche which results in many employees attending for work when they are ill and yet taking “sickies” on other days when they are in fact well.

Interestingly the Supreme Court of Poland has upheld an employer’s decision to sack an employee for not taking sick leave. Unfortunately the case…

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Workplace romance in the spotlight after AFL resignations

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 12:00 0 Comments

The alleged “forced” resignations of two senior AFL officials last week after disclosing affairs with co-workers has again sparked public debate about the legal issues and consequences surrounding workplace romances: http://wwos.nine.com.au/2017/07/14/12/03/afl-important-announcement-gillon-mclachlan…

Continue

Non compliance with industrial laws just got 15% more expensive

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 12:14 0 Comments

The value of the Federal Penalty Unit is set to increase by approximately 15% from 1 July 2017.

In an employment context, this means that employers can be fined up to $63,000 per breach of the Fair Work Act, whilst individuals (such as directors, managers and others found to be “accessories”) can be personally fined up to $12,600 per breach.

Last financial year the Fair Work Ombudsman ran extensive audit campaigns in a number of industries. Of the businesses audited,…

Continue

Is your Enterprise Agreement a time bomb?

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

The public have expressed outrage regarding recent revelations surrounding Bakers Delights’ employment arrangements at some of its Victorian franchises.

Earlier this week most media outlets jumped on the story of a young girl allegedly being paid just $38.50 for a 4 hour Sunday shift (which is reportedly around half of what she would be entitled to under the applicable modern award).

It is clear from even a cursory review of the media articles and commentary on this matter that…

Continue

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