Employment Policies

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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As the holiday season approaches, many employers are starting to organise their end of year parties to celebrate the year, build morale and encourage team bonding. An often-overlooked aspect of planning these parties is the employer’s legal risks and responsibilities. Whether it is held during or after office hours the end of year party, like […]

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