Retail & Supply Chain eBulletin - 14 March 2017

We take an in-depth look at the Fair Work Commission's decision on penalty rates, analyse the reaction of key stakeholders, set out the effect the decision may have on enterprise bargaining and consider what the future could look like for penalty rates in the retail industry.  Read more...

Employment Law Column - 14 March 2017

Their eyes locked. They moved towards each other in unison, across the dreary plaid carpet floor. They shook hands, the touch sending mutual sparks of electricity coursing through their bodies. The handshake over, he leaned in, as if to softly whisper in her ear. "My goodness", she thought, "is he finally about to say those three little words to me?" Quietly, deliberately, he told her what he'd been waiting for so long to get off his chest: "Let's tell HR…"  Read more...

Employment Law Column - 17 January 2017

An affair to remember. An affair to talk about. An affair to be splashed across the front page of every newspaper. An affair to cause incalculable harm to the reputations of your business and managers… At the time of writing, such is the situation currently confronting Seven West Media and its CEO.  Read more...

Employment Law Column - 12 December 2016

There is a lot to gain from a well-run office Christmas party. It allows staff a chance to celebrate and be recognised for their achievements over the past year. It may be the only time each year that people see one another outside of the office environment. Morale and productivity may increase if a business is seen to care about its workers and their wellbeing.  Read more...

Workplace Relations & Safety eBulletin - 8 December 2016

During a recent appeal, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia reviewed two separate and conflicting decisions of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission. Each decision concerned whether the employer (a teaching institution) had "dismissed" employees (teachers) within the meaning of the Fair Work Act, where both teachers had been charged with child sex offences.  Read more...

Employment Law Column - 6 December 2016

So you've decided to investigate the great case of who's been etching "humorous" messages into the office bathroom's cubicle walls. No doubt you read our previous article on when a workplace investigation might be required, and on that basis have decided to embark upon this undertaking. But is the answer elementary?  Read more...

Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin - 22 November 2016

Our Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: the legalities of gardening leave; the importance of a notice of employee representational rights in the bargaining of an enterprise agreement; and
the safety obligations that may pose a risk in the retail supply chain.  Read more...

Employment Law Column - 15 November 2016

It was Colonel Mustard, in the kitchen, with the knife! Another mystery solved… although was it really necessary to suspend the entire workforce while you determined who was sneakily cutting the office biscuits in half?  Read more...

Employment Law Column - 8 November 2016

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon—so goes the theory that everyone in Hollywood is only separated by six degrees from the (greatest) actor (of all time), and that he is therefore the de facto centre of the universe.  Read more...

Employment Law Column - 19 October 2016

It's generally acknowledged that most of us prefer to avoid confrontation, and that having a 'difficult' conversation is—well—difficult, even if it's your job to do so. People managers and HR professionals face the challenge of difficult conversations all the time, and it can be very tempting to simply ignore a problem and hope that it resolves itself.  Read more...

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