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Broken record (keeping): The importance of keeping employment records and providing pay slips

Record keeping - it’s not many people’s favourite pastime, but it is a critical task for every responsible employer.Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), employers can be penalised for failing to keep proper records and for failing to issue their employees with pay slips in a timely manner.The types of records that employers must keep include (but are not limited to) information about the position of the employee (e.g. commencement date and type of employment), their pay, leave,…See More
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Extension tension: FWC to rehear extension of time application following Full Bench finding that partially unexplained delay not fatal to employee’s case

When responding to an unfair dismissal claim or an adverse action claim involving dismissal, there are a range of jurisdictional objections available to employers depending on the circumstances. One of the most frequently utilised jurisdictional objections is that the employee lodged their application outside the 21-day statutory time limit.When this happens, the only option available to an employee who seeks to make an application out of time is to apply to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for…See More
Mar 5
A blog post by Shane Koelmeyer was featured

Tired and Sleepy: Worker’s car accident on journey home a reminder of managing fatigue

Fatigue has been identified as a workplace risk that needs to be managed like other workplace safety risks.The SafeWork Australia Guide for Managing the Risk of Fatigue at Work (the Guide) defines fatigue as “a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion which reduces a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively.” The Guide also identifies that some of the factors which may contribute to and increase the risk of fatigue include work schedules, job demands and environmental…See More
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wayne faulkner liked Shane Koelmeyer's blog post One strike and you’re out: Facebook and Google’s new workplace dating policy
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"Shane - interesting article. Funny but a request for a date might see you on your date - as in on your arse. What constitutes 'a one strike'? Is it: -- 'Like to join me for a coffee?'  'Look I've got 2 tickets for…"
Mar 1
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Feb 23
A blog post by Shane Koelmeyer was featured

The last straw: Assaulted worker denied access to workers comp for baiting and taunting co-worker to breaking point

In what circumstances must employees take responsibility for their own actions leading to injuries in the workplace?In a recent decision of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (OneSteel Recycling Proprietary Limited v Workers’ Compensation Regulator [2017] QIRC 113), a self-insured employer’s decision to deny a worker’s workers compensation claim was upheld on the basis that the worker’s own serious and wilful misconduct lead to his injuries.The worker, who was employed as an…See More
Feb 14
2 blog posts by Shane Koelmeyer were featured
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A blog post by Shane Koelmeyer was featured

New rules: Australian States move toward licenses for labour hire operators

Licensing schemes for labour hire operators will commence operation in both Queensland and South Australia in the first half of 2018, with the Victorian Government also introducing legislation into the State Parliament.The licensing schemes will commence in South Australia from 1 March 2018 and from 16 April 2018 in Queensland, while the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 is currently before the Victorian Parliament.These legislative measures have been introduced to regulate the labour hire…See More
Feb 8

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Shane Koelmeyer's Blog

Turn around: What is proper notice of termination and when does the exception to redundancy pay apply?

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 14:33 0 Comments

The loss of client contracts can be devastating for businesses – it can also be par for the course.

Some employers operate exclusively on a continuous rotation of cycling client contracts won and lost regularly. Of course, this a perfectly reasonable way of conducting a business, but what does it mean for the employees engaged to perform work under those contracts?

What is the status of their employment if a client contract is lost? And what are their entitlements if their…


Don’t be so reckless: Work health safety prosecution update

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 14:30 0 Comments

Two recent work health and safety prosecutions highlight to employers the importance of following adopted safety plans and having regard to available guidance material when developing safety documents and the serious consequences for safety offences.

The harmonized work health and safety legislation creates three categories of offences, the most serious of which is a Category 1 offence, which attracts maximum penalties of 

  • $3 million for a…

Let’s keep it casual: “Casual” employee entitled to annual leave after 15 years of service

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 14:30 0 Comments

For roles that do not require fixed hours or only require staff “as needed”, hiring casual employees is a favoured option of many employers.

The benefit of hiring casual employees is that it provides both the employee and employer with flexibility. Casual employees are engaged to perform work on an ad-hoc basis and do not generally have fixed or regular hours, there is also no guarantee of ongoing employment and the employment relationship technically ends at the conclusion of each…


Frozen in time: Outdated yoghurt agreement terminated by the FWC

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 14:25 0 Comments

A teenage employee of a yoghurt shop has successfully applied to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for the termination of a workplace collective agreement that was “out of step with the contemporary minimum standards set by modern awards”.

In a blog late last year, we discussed the process by which an enterprise agreement can be terminated. In short, the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) provides that, once the nominal expiry date of an…


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At 8:56 on March 1, 2018, wayne faulkner said…

Shane - interesting article. Funny but a request for a date might see you on your date - as in on your arse. What constitutes 'a one strike'?

Is it: -- 'Like to join me for a coffee?'  'Look I've got 2 tickets for a movie - I can't use them - can you?'   ' Can I join you at your table for dinner tonight after the conference?'   'We are on the same flight - like to sit together?'    ' I'm wondering if you might like to review my conference paper I'm presenting tomorrow - I'd appreciate you reviewing it. We can meet in the bar and I'll do drinks'    ' I'm flying back business class - i'll see if I can upgrade you"   ' Want to join me for a jog in the morning before the training?'   ' I'll let you into a little secret - I've been offered the job (CEO). I think that you have great potential and would like to chat about your future -will need to do it off-site'

' I know that your recent divorce has caused you great anguish. If you need to talk call me anytime - here is my private number'  ' A few of us are playing the pokies after work - want to come?'

Any of these can be male to female. female to male, male to male, female to female, boss to subordinate, subordinate to boss, gay to gay, hetro to hetro, transgender to transgender, old to young, young to old, et al

Fair dinkum - it's a bloody mine field those policies and will doubtless create great grief!


best - wayne

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