Employment Policies

From 1 November 2018 employers in Victoria need to be ready for significant changes to long service leave (LSL) accruals, greater flexibility around taking LSL and increased enforcement / compliance powers when the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) (2018 LSL Act) takes effect. LSL accrued before the 2018 LSL Act commences will not be […]

Read More

The NSW Government has proposed legislation that will bring about substantial change to the liability of organisations in respect of incidents of child abuse (both sexual and physical) and which will, if passed, require organisations to review their policies and guidelines that are relevant both where employees, and parties other than employees, engage and interact […]

Read More

On 16 August 2018, a Full Federal Court of Australia confirmed the importance of properly characterising the nature of a casual employment relationship. The decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 (Workpac) also shone a searing light into the practice and common misunderstanding of the risks of using ‘permanent casuals’. Paul Skene […]

Read More

Managing long-term absentees is possibly the most difficult workplace challenge for employers. A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) unfortunately maintains an element of uncertainty for business. When confronted with an employee who has taken a lengthy period of absence that is not covered by workers compensation or that goes beyond accrued leave […]

Read More

On 15 December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its mammoth final report.  This was the culmination of the five year inquiry, during which the Commission heard from over 8,000 survivors of abuse. The report is wide ranging in the scope of its recommendations for an array of parties […]

Read More

As the ‘silly season’ approaches, it is time to have another look at past cases to see what lessons might be learnt to help your workplace get through the 2017/2018 season unscathed. Christmas Parties The Fair Work Commission frequently hears cases about inappropriate conduct at parties during the silly season, including recent cases about: the […]

Read More

A recent Queensland Supreme Court decision1 has found that Queensland Health was negligent in failing to manage a series of workplace grievances adequately – which caused a senior nurse to develop a psychological injury, rendering her unable to work. THE FACTS Mrs Robinson was the District Director of Nursing for the Cape York Health Service and […]

Read More

The highly anticipated joint Parliamentary Committee report on whistleblower protections was released in September 2017, and with it came a series of sweeping recommendations for reform to whistleblower protections. These recommendations are likely to form the basis of legislative change, to bring Australia in line with comparable jurisdictions such as the USA and the UK. […]

Read More

Employers and franchisors need to be aware of the significant changes they will need to make in the short term after the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 passed this week. These amendments are scheduled to commence in the next couple of weeks. What are the changes? Once these changes to the Fair […]

Read More

Some employers manage excessive absences from work reactively. They may receive a series of vague and short medical certificates that refer to the worker having, for example, a ‘medical condition’. Precious little detail is provided about the worker’s condition and likely date for a return to work. To get some clarity around the worker’s condition […]

Read More