Workplace eBulletin - 13 July 2017

In a decision delivered on 5 July 2017, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) held that, subject to certain restrictions, modern awards should be varied to enable casual employees to request to convert to full-time or part-time employment after 12 months.

In this eBulletin we take a look at the FWC's decision and discuss the likely ramifications for employers.
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Employment Law Column - 4 July 2017

This article is part of a regular employment law column series for HRM Online by Workplace Relations & Safety partner Aaron Goonrey and Lawyer Luke Scandrett. It was first published in HRM Online on 4 July 2017.  Read more...

Retail eBulletin - 7 June 2017

In this eBulletin we take a look at the Fair Work Commission’s latest decision, and touch on the possibility that the phase in period could be further delayed by unions seeking an on-going stay while they challenge the penalty rates decision in the Federal Court.  Read more...

Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin - 9 May 2017

Our Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: if you can rely on a criminal record to make employment decisions; when post-employment restraints can be justified; and whether an employer can investigate an employee’s Facebook page without breaking privacy laws.
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Employment Law eBulletin - 28 April 2017

In this eBulletin, we summarise the Government's changes to the 457 visa program and look at how this may affect workplaces, including whether the changes are likely to increase the burden on businesses seeking to fill a skills need within their organisation. We also reflect on some of the workplace issues that may need to be considered going forward.  Read more...

Employment Law Column - 18 April 2017

"We are responsible for conducting the business affairs of the companies in accordance with all applicable laws and in a moral and honest manner."
"We treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves."
"We work with customers and prospects openly, honestly and sincerely."
"We are satisfied with nothing less than the very best in everything we do. We will continue to raise the bar for everyone."  Read more...

Employment Law Column - 11 April 2017

Many of us no doubt enjoy the "being paid" part of work more than the "actually putting in effort" part. But what if you find yourself sent home when you'd rather be working? Some unwilling employees find themselves in this unenviable position when the end of their employment is nigh and their employers direct them to stay home on "gardening leave", rather than coming to the workplace and doing anything productive.  Read more...

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 - 21 February 2017

What poses the greatest cybersecurity risk to your business? Is it cyber vigilantes trying to make the world a better place, like the so called "Impact Team" who stole user data from the extramarital affair-enabling website Ashley Madison in 2015?  Read more...

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