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...

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...

Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin - 17 August 2016

Our Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: steps to take to prevent workplace bullying; managing employee dismissals after they've publicly criticised their employer; handling pre-employment representations; and disciplinary action against workers for conduct connected with participation in industrial action.  Read more...

Workplace Relations & Safety eBulletin - 1 August 2016

The recent decision of the South Australian District Court in Kuczmarski v Ascot Administration P/L has cast significant doubt on whether the concept of "reasonable notice" is still relevant to employees who are entitled to a minimum notice period under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). This eBulletin outlines the implications and considerations for employers during this period of uncertainty.  Read more...

Workplace Safety eBulletin - 18 July 2016

WorkSafe Victoria is conducting a State-wide campaign to inspect 1000 construction sites with a focus on identifying and rectifying fall from height risks. This is a timely reminder for those who are duty holders under Victorian OHS legislation—ie employers, principal contractors and others involved in the control or management of a construction site, or an aspect of a construction site—to review their organisation's current compliance approach.  Read more...

Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin - 20 May 2016

Our Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: workplace investigations, sham contracting, how social media can contribute to bullying, disciplining employees over safety breaches, and more.  Read more...

Workplace Relations & Safety eBulletin - 7 April 2016

In this eBulletin, we highlight the most important aspects of the Auditor-General of Victoria's report on Bullying and Harassment in the Health Sector. The report, which was tabled in Parliament last month, found that "health sector agencies are failing to respond effectively to bullying and harassment as a serious OHS risk".  Read more...

Workplace Relations & Safety eBulletin - 6 April 2016

The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity in relation to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal's Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016, but we finally have a clear view as to what will occur. As of today, the Remuneration Order will no longer have any effect.  Read more...

Enterprise Bargaining Alert - 27 January 2016

The Fair Work Commission has rejected an enterprise agreement application because the Notice of Employee Representational Rights was wrongly placed on company letterhead. In this Alert, we look at what this decision means for employers and where to from here.  Read more...

Workplace relations eBulletin - 10 December 2015

The House of Representatives recently accepted extensive changes to the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 forced by Senate cross benchers. In this eBulletin, we take a look at the changes and what they will mean for employers.  Read more...

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