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Shane Koelmeyer posted blog posts
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A blog post by Shane Koelmeyer was featured

The punishment did not fit the crime: FWC awards maximum compensation to dismissed employee who stole company property

A Qantas flight attendant (the Applicant) who was sacked for stealing alcohol from a flight and lying about it was awarded $33,731 in compensation by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after it found that the decision to terminate the Applicant’s employment was harsh.The FWC concluded that the Applicant was dismissed because he stole Qantas property and when he was asked to explain how the alcohol came into his possession, he initially lied and then changed his explanation during the investigation…See More
Dec 13, 2016
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The punishment did not fit the crime: FWC awards maximum compensation to dismissed employee who stole company property

A Qantas flight attendant (the Applicant) who was sacked for stealing alcohol from a flight and lying about it was awarded $33,731 in compensation by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after it found that the decision to terminate the Applicant’s employment was harsh.The FWC concluded that the Applicant was dismissed because he stole Qantas property and when he was asked to explain how the alcohol came into his possession, he initially lied and then changed his explanation during the investigation…See More
Dec 12, 2016
2 blog posts by Shane Koelmeyer were featured
Dec 8, 2016
Shane Koelmeyer posted blog posts
Dec 7, 2016
A blog post by Shane Koelmeyer was featured

Licence to labour hire: Victorian Government explores licensing system for labour hire companies

Underpayment and sham contracting in the labour supply chain has been the focus of much of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO) and the media’s attention this year.The FWO has conducted a number of campaigns and inquiries into industries where the use of labour hire and independent contractors is prevalent.  In some circumstances, it has taken legal action where workers have been underpaid minimum wages and conditions.The FWO inquiry into the a leading poultry food manufacturing group last year…See More
Dec 7, 2016
A blog post by Shane Koelmeyer was featured

“Inadequate” WHS penalty increased seven-fold on appeal

In June this year, a Victorian textiles company was fined $7,000 for breaching work health and safety laws when a subcontractor truck driver was floored by a 185kg bale of wool. In an appeal of that decision earlier this month, the County Court of Victoria increased the penalty to $50,000 when the Office of Public Prosecutions successfully argued that the $7,000 fine was inadequate.The incident that sparked the proceedings occurred when the truck driver left the cabin of his truck to prepare…See More
Dec 6, 2016
Shane Koelmeyer posted blog posts
Dec 5, 2016
A blog post by Shane Koelmeyer was featured

Use it or lose it: Terminating employment and police investigations

The decision of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) in NW v Taitung Australia Pty Ltd [2016] FWC 7982 reminds employers of the requirement to act quickly where an employee has been found guilty of serious misconduct even if the matter is the subject of a police investigation.NW was working as a delivery driver for an Asian speciality food business that supplies Asian ingredients and seafood to restaurants and other commercial kitchens.In February 2016, a Storeperson admitted to the…See More
Dec 5, 2016
Shane Koelmeyer posted a blog post

Use it or lose it: Terminating employment and police investigations

The decision of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) in NW v Taitung Australia Pty Ltd [2016] FWC 7982 reminds employers of the requirement to act quickly where an employee has been found guilty of serious misconduct even if the matter is the subject of a police investigation.NW was working as a delivery driver for an Asian speciality food business that supplies Asian ingredients and seafood to restaurants and other commercial kitchens.In February 2016, a Storeperson admitted to the…See More
Dec 2, 2016
A blog post by Shane Koelmeyer was featured

Significant decision case study: FroYo master franchisor penalised for involvement in workplace law contraventions

FactsYogurberry World Square Pty Ltd (Yogurberry World Square) operated a take-away frozen yoghurt and drinks franchise in World Square, Sydney.Yogurberry World Square was a member of a group of family of companies including a payroll company and the master franchisor company for the Yogurberry brand, YBF Australia Pty Ltd (YBF Australia). Each member of the group of companies was involved in the operation of a business trading under the Yogurberry brand.In 2013, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)…See More
Nov 25, 2016
Shane Koelmeyer posted a blog post

Significant decision case study: FroYo master franchisor penalised for involvement in workplace law contraventions

FactsYogurberry World Square Pty Ltd (Yogurberry World Square) operated a take-away frozen yoghurt and drinks franchise in World Square, Sydney.Yogurberry World Square was a member of a group of family of companies including a payroll company and the master franchisor company for the Yogurberry brand, YBF Australia Pty Ltd (YBF Australia). Each member of the group of companies was involved in the operation of a business trading under the Yogurberry brand.In 2013, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)…See More
Nov 24, 2016
2 blog posts by Shane Koelmeyer were featured
Nov 21, 2016

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What would you like to share about yourself?
Experienced Workplace Relations Lawyer specialising in representing & advising Employers from small business to international companies.
Workplace Law is a boutique law firm specialising in all aspects of workplace relations in the areas of Industrial Relations, WHS, Change Management & Workers Compensation for Employers
Company website/blog
http://www.workplacelaw.com.au
How many employees in your company?
1-49
What areas of HR are you particularly passionate about?
Industrial Relations, Employee Engagement, WHS, Performance Management, Workers Compensation for Employers
What kind of networking are you open to?
Open networking, Referrals between friends

Shane Koelmeyer's Blog

It is all in the flexicution: Flexible working arrangements

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 15:18 0 Comments

What does an employer do in circumstances where it has granted flexible working arrangements and it is no longer able to accommodate the employee? 

The NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSW IRC) in Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (New South Wales Branch) v South Western Sydney Local…

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That’s my pejorative – Ethnic slurs in the workplace

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 15:14 0 Comments

All employers should be aware that discrimination in the workplace on the basis of a “protected attribute” is unlawful. For example, Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation provides that it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of “race.”

Significantly, however, the legislation extends beyond “race”: the Racial Discrimination Act 1975…

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Appeal dismissed – Investigation letters issued to ill employee not a breach of duty of care

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 15:00 0 Comments

In Govier v UnitingCare Community [2017] QCA 12, an employee’s appeal was dismissed, confirming an earlier decision that her employer did not breach any duty of care when it issued letters to the employee in the course of an investigation, resulting in aggravation of her psychiatric conditions.

The employee in this case was a disability worker…

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Employer Alert: New Deadline for Building Code Compliance

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 8:22 0 Comments

Employers seeking to undertake Commonwealth funded building and construction work will be required to ensure that their enterprise agreements comply with the 2016 Building Code by 31 August 2017 under a new Bill introduced in Federal Parliament.

The Code for Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (the 2016 Code) requires all…

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