There is no doubt that we are glued to our phones, our mobile phones to be specific. In 2016, the Australian Communications and Media Authority reported that 5.78 million Australians no longer have a fixed-line telephone at home, relying solely on their mobile phones to communicate with others. A 2016 Deloitte study found that 27% of Australian mobile consumers claimed to not have made any standard voice calls in a given week,…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 29, 2017 at 13:18 — No Comments
The power of the courts to make orders in response to a contravention of a provision of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) is a broad one. It is derived from section 545(1) of the FW Act, which states:
“The Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court may make any order the court considers appropriate if the court…
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 29, 2017 at 13:04 — No Comments
In unfair dismissal applications, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) must look at the factors under section 387 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) when considering whether a dismissal was ‘harsh, unjust or unreasonable’.
The first of these factors is whether there was a ‘valid reason’ for the dismissal relating to…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 29, 2017 at 12:50 — No Comments
Managing workplace behaviour is a balancing act for employers and HR. Some workplace policies provide examples of unacceptable behaviour and how to deal with it, but these policies cannot hope to address all types of behaviour or prescribe every appropriate redress. Employers need to exercise some judgment when they become aware of inappropriate behaviour and consider carefully whether an employee’s conduct will warrant…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 25, 2017 at 15:47 — No Comments
In Willmot v BlueScope Steel Limited  FWC 4309, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) considered an unfair dismissal application made by an employee who was summarily dismissed for serious misconduct in relation to his worker’s compensation claim.
Mr Willmot (the Employee) was employed by BlueScope Steel Limited (Employer)…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 25, 2017 at 15:14 — No Comments
When employers conduct an organisation-wide review of their operations, it can be both an exciting and challenging time. There are significant gains to be made by identifying inefficiencies and addressing them. However, the desire to move too swiftly and rush this process should be avoided. Moving too fast may result in employers either intentionally or unintentionally disregarding their legal obligations to…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 25, 2017 at 15:03 — No Comments