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Losing on penalties: $200,000 penalty imposed for adverse action taken against employees underpaid because of their race

Last year in The INNS and outs of adverse action: FWO prosecutes hotel owner for underpaying employees because of race. we reported on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO’s) successful prosecution of a hotel operator and its owner who took adverse action against two employees because of their Chinese race and Malaysian extraction.Yenida Pty Ltd operated the Scamander Beach Hotel…See More
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100% guaranteed – the return to work guarantee under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)

Last month, all eyes were on tennis champion Serena Williams as she returned to her first Grand Slam tennis tournament following the recent birth of her daughter.At the time she left the tennis tour, Williams was the first placed seed, however by the time of her return to participate in the French Open, Williams’ ranking had plummeted to number 453 in the world.Under the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) special ranking rule, players who have been out of the game due to long-term injury and…See More
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I want it that way: FWC upholds dismissal following obstructive and uncooperative conduct of employee and union rep

Where a disciplinary process involves discussions about dismissal, employers should not unreasonably refuse a request from the employee to have a support person present. We have discussed the role of the support person in previous posts. A support person can include a friend, family member, an impartial colleague or a union representative.The presence of a support person or a representative affords the employee a degree of procedural fairness whereby they can turn to a trusted individual for…See More
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Hush Hush, Hush! Why the term ‘hush money’ is misleading

Settlement agreements, terms of settlement, deeds of release or release and undertakings are all terms which are used interchangeably to refer to the binding and confidential agreements reached between parties in good faith to resolve claims or disputes. Employees can make any number of claims against their employer, including but not limited to:Unfair dismissal claims;General protections claims;Underpayment claims; andDiscrimination claims.These claims can be fully litigated through a court or…See More
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Vendetta, vendetta! FWC finds attempted character assassination and confidentiality breach valid reasons for dismissal

Managing conflicting personalities can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a manager. Particularly when low level disagreements escalate to formal complaints, investigations, attempts at character assassination and breaches of confidentiality.These issues were recently traversed in the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC’s) decision in Lecaude v Westpac Banking Corporation T/A Westpac [2018] FWC 1969.The employee in this case was dismissed after sending two emails to the manager of a…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 & Workers Compensation for Employers
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Careless whisper – A lesson on the importance of formal communication structures in the workplace

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 10:30 0 Comments

Clear and effective communication structures are crucial to the smooth running of a workplace. Last-minute meetings and unexpected emergencies (especially safety emergencies) mean that messages and information often need to be relayed to employees almost instantly.

Thankfully, there are numerous ways in which employers are now able to communicate urgent messages to their employees where doing so in person is not practical, including by email, phone call, text message – or even through…

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Resistance is futile: Modern award basics for employers

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 10:28 0 Comments

One of the biggest challenges for Australian employers is navigating the often complex and confusing landscape of the modern awards.

In this blog, we provide some basic information about modern awards to help employers find their way.

What is a modern award?

A modern award is a document made by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that sets the minimum terms and conditions of employment for employers and employees in a particular…

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Losing on penalties: $200,000 penalty imposed for adverse action taken against employees underpaid because of their race

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 10:25 0 Comments

Last year in The INNS and outs of adverse action: FWO prosecutes hotel owner for underpaying employees because of race. we reported on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO’s) successful prosecution of a hotel operator and its owner who took adverse action against two employees because of their Chinese race and Malaysian extraction.

Yenida Pty Ltd operated…

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100% guaranteed – the return to work guarantee under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 10:12 0 Comments

Last month, all eyes were on tennis champion Serena Williams as she returned to her first Grand Slam tennis tournament following the recent birth of her daughter.

At the time she left the tennis tour, Williams was the first placed seed, however by the time of her return to participate in the French Open, Williams’ ranking had plummeted to number 453 in the world.

Under the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) special ranking rule, players who have been out of the…

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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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