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A bone to pick: Assessing the “reasonableness” of additional hours

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the FW Act), employers are prohibited from requesting or requiring full-time employees to work more than 38 hours per week, unless those additional hours are reasonable.When considering the reasonableness of additional hours, section 62(3) of the FW Act provides a list of factors which are to be taken into account, such as whether there would be a risk to the employee’s health and safety, the employee’s personal circumstances, any entitlements to overtime,…See More
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Step back: Employer fails to disprove adverse action claim

A recent decision of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (the Court) has reaffirmed the standard of proof that is required to disprove allegations of unlawful adverse action under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act).Section 361 of the FW Act states, where an allegation of unlawful adverse action is made, it will be presumed that the action was, or is being, taken for the unlawful reason, unless the person proves otherwise.In Lamb v RPS AAP Consulting Pty Ltd [2022] FedCFamC2G…See More
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Sham slam: Commission applies test confirmed by High Court in distinguishing between employee and contractor

In a recent decision, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has applied the test recently confirmed by the High Court of Australia in CFMMEU v Personnel Contracting Pty Ltd [2022] HCA 1 and ZG Operations Australia Pty Ltd v Jamsek [2022] HCA 2 (the High Court Decisions), in distinguishing between employees and contractors.The High Court Decisions confirmed that the distinction must be made by reference to the rights and obligations of the parties under the contract.In Chambers; O’Brien v Broadway…See More
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Down but not out: Full Bench looks at meaning of dismissed for the purposes of the unfair dismissal jurisdiction

The question of whether a demotion will constitute a dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) was considered by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (Full Bench) NSW Trains v James [2022] FWCFB 55.The matter was referred to a Full Bench on appeal from the first instance decision of Deputy President Saunders in James v NSW Trains [2021] FWC 4733 (First Instance Decision) who found that the employee had been dismissed from his employment when he was demoted to a lesser…See More
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Trains N’ Roses: Full Bench clarifies test for out of work conduct

In our last Conversations, we discussed two recent decisions of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) which looked at an employee’s conduct outside of work and whether or not that conduct could be sufficiently connected to their employment so as to constitute a valid reason for dismissal.We expect that these types of disputes will become more prevalent in a post-COVID-19 environment where employees no longer need to physically be in a workplace to be engaging in conduct that falls within the scope of…See More
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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 and Culture Setting.

We also advise sporting clubs and athletes on contractual and disciplinary matters.
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http://www.workplacelaw.com.au
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1-49
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Industrial Relations, Employee Engagement, WHS, Performance Management, Culture and Values Audits.
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Open networking, Referrals between friends

Shane Koelmeyer's Blog

Supreme failure: Court finds HR manager accessorily liable for adverse action claim

Posted on July 6, 2022 at 8:00 0 Comments

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) contains provisions which make it possible for individuals to be found accessorily liable for their involvement in a contravention of a workplace law. In particular, section 550 of the FW Act provides that a person “involved in” a contravention will be taken to have contravened that provision themselves.

It is for this reason that individuals who are most often involved in managing employee relations, such as directors,…

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No vacancy: making offers of casual conversion

Posted on July 6, 2022 at 8:00 0 Comments

Division 4A of Part 2-2 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), which came into operation on 27 March 2021, imposes an obligation on employers of casual employees to make offers of conversion to permanent employment in certain circumstances.

Specifically, employers are required to offer casual employees conversion to permanent employment if:

  • the employee has been employed by the employer for a period of twelve months; and
  • during at…
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No show cause: Employer’s lack of procedural fairness rendered the dismissal of his employee harsh

Posted on July 6, 2022 at 8:00 0 Comments

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), whether an employee’s dismissal was procedurally fair is a key factor in determining whether the dismissal was unfair. Procedural fairness requires an employee be given an opportunity to respond to or explain an allegation put to them by their employer. The employer must consider that response or explanation before deciding the disciplinary penalty – eg: a warning, or termination of employment.

In Bostock v…

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Bad publicity: PCBU ordered to publicise work health and safety conviction

Posted on June 30, 2022 at 9:00 0 Comments

When setting a penalty for breaches of work health and safety (WHS) obligations, the Courts will look at the need for specific deterrence against the offender and also the need for general deterrence for employers and the particular industry.  

In SafeWork NSW v Saunders Civilbuild Pty Ltd (No 2) [2022] NSWDC 163 the NSW District Court utilised its powers to impose an adverse publicity order against a business who was found guilty of failing to comply with…

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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!

UNENFORCEABLE!

best - wayne

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