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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
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Feb 12
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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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Feb 5
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No Vacancy: Employee’s drunken attempt to re-enter workplace warranted dismissal

An employer who relied on their zero-tolerance alcohol policy when dismissing an employee who drunkenly tried to access the workplace out-of-hours has successfully defended the dismissal before the Fair Work Commission (FWC).In Lewer v Inco Ships T/A Inco Ships Pty Ltd [2017] FWC 6666, the FWC heard that an employee, who worked on a tanking vessel, attempted to re-enter the vessel after dinner and a few drinks so that he could sleep-off the alcohol. When he was refused entry by security guards,…See More
Jan 19
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Jan 10
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Social savvy – Our 2017 wrap-up of social media in the workplace

There is no doubt that social media has changed workplace relations. It has impacted the employment relationship and the relationships employees have with each other.Throughout 2017 the courts, the tribunals and employers more generally have continued to iron out the wrinkles in how they deal with social media in the workplace.In this blog, we look back on some of the more interesting social media cases from the year that was 2017.The employee in competition with her employer – Baird v June…See More
Dec 18, 2017
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Dec 15, 2017
2 blog posts by Shane Koelmeyer were featured
Dec 13, 2017
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Dec 12, 2017
A blog post by Shane Koelmeyer was featured

Flexed to the limit: How the Fair Work Act encourages flexibility in the workplace

A recent survey conducted by global workplace solutions group, ManpowerGroup, has revealed that almost 90% of workers are opting for, or at least open to, arrangements that allow for flexibility in lieu of traditional “9 to 5” work arrangements.The research report, #GigResponsibly – The Rise of NextGen Work, uses the term “NextGen Work” to define a new way of work that encourages flexibility. The report also provides examples of NextGen Work that are now particularly attractive to workers,…See More
Nov 13, 2017
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Nov 9, 2017

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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

One strike and you’re out: Facebook and Google’s new workplace dating policy

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 15:00 0 Comments

In a proactive attempt to combat the issue of workplace sexual harassment, Facebook and Google have implemented new policies on dating in the workplace. This new approach adopts a “one strike and you’re out” rule, which states that employees only have one opportunity to ask a co-worker out on a date. If the co-worker rejects their offer, that employee is not allowed to ask again.

Like Facebook and Google, most employers have recognised that workplaces are often environments in which…

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Let me go: Voluntary redundancies prove too popular

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 14:18 0 Comments

Making a decision to restructure operations, particularly where it may result in a reduction in the number of positions, is not easy for businesses.

While it is often an unpleasant process, in some circumstances (depending on the nature of the workforce) employers may choose to call for expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies before moving to compulsory redundancies.…

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The need for checks and balances on cheques and bank balances: Understanding and preventing employee financial misconduct

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 14:12 0 Comments

Financial misconduct committed by employees is unfortunately all too common in Australian businesses. It can range from invoice forgery to stealing from the register to abusing expense reimbursement entitlements or corporate credit cards.

Financial misconduct is, essentially, a form of theft from an employer but unlike most kinds of theft it can go undetected for long periods of time and in some cases, continue while the offender remains an employee.

This month alone, Fairfax…

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

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 15:07 0 Comments

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,…

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