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22nd March 2017


The 'Amber effect' opens floodgates on dubious conduct by bosses


Two observations following news this week of yet another allegation of inappropriate male executive behaviour, this time by an executive at Westpac-owned wealth management business BT: first, the number of publicly disclosed instances of this type of misconduct is on the rise; and second, opinions about it are polarised.


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Fair Work's Record My Hours app should be withdrawn says National Farmers Federation


The National Farmers Federation has called for a phone app that helps workers track the hours they spend on farm, using GPS technology, to be immediately withdrawn.


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Amber Harrison says Seven CEO affair caused her shame, anxiety


Amber Harrison, the executive assistant who had an affair with Seven West Media's chief executive, is suing the company under the workplace law for initiating an investigation into her corporate expenses claims 16 days after the relationship ended.


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Senior executive at Westpac's BT Financial faces sexual misconduct allegations


Westpac has become the latest company subject to sexual misconduct allegations following a number of complaints by two female staff about the behaviour of a senior executive at its wealth management division BT Financial Group.


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Have Australia's right to strike laws gone too far?


The new Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) leader Sally McManus' remarks that she doesn't have a problem with people breaking "unjust laws" provoked inevitable outrage.


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Crossbenchers urged to 'put up or shut up' on penalty rates


The Federal ALP, Greens and Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie will introduce a Bill on Tuesday to invalidate the Fair Work Commission's decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers.


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Up to 100 more jobs to go at Australian Bureau of Statistics


The troubled Australian Bureau of Statistics is to axe another 80 to 100 of its public servants, staff were told on Monday.


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CPSU strike action to begin at Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support agencies


Public servants at Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support will begin strike action on Friday afternoon aiming to force a breakthrough in a bitter industrial dispute.


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Three reasons you’re the one failing probation, not your new employee


A probation period in most businesses is seen as an employer’s “get out of jail free card”, with some thinking that if their new recruit doesn’t quite cut the mustard they can exit them easily.


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The everlasting battle: the background to the industrial relations wars


It's the economic debate that just won't die, even when it's dead, buried and cremated.


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These degree programs train future human resources professionals to fight for pay equity


Sometimes, the fight for pay equity takes place through public demonstration, as it did at workplaces across the country with A Day Without a Woman this month.


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15th March 2017


 


Application for "zombie agreement" for IGA workers to be abolished


After working at the local supermarket for five years, Lauren Morrison, 22, discovered this week that she had been underpaid by up to $5800 each year.


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Top restaurants slap on Sunday surcharge


"It's actually been a non-event," says Chris Lucas. This month he added an extra 10 per cent to diners' bills on Sundays and public holidays at Chin Chin, Kong, Baby and Hawker Hall and says there haven't been any complaints.


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'Like an illegal sweatshop'


The prestigious National Gallery of Victoria is rocked by a wage scandal with allegations emerging of under-payment of security guards and that some are being forced to work illegally for cash.


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Rise of the machines: Here are the five jobs robots could take first


The job of a business owner is irreplaceable, and it’s unlikely we’ll see robot entrepreneurs taking over any time soon. However, one expert believes there’s a number of other jobs that robot workers are likely to dominate in years to come.


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Workplace wellness is critical but should it all fall on the employers’ shoulders?


Wellness in the workplace has again hit the ‘Workplace trends’ lists for 2017 as companies use wellness programs to reduce absenteeism and attract talent.


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The ‘I’ every team needs


Matilda is a high performer, she kicks goals, and makes quick and decisive decisions. Matilda has a bit of a hero status amongst the junior consultants who both revere her and fear her. She sees herself as the Ronaldo of the team, a world class champion.


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Ten Things for an HR Manager’s “To Do” list in 2017


With the new year now in full swing, here is this year’s list of 10 key items that we think should be on every HR Manager’s (or business owner’s) “to do” list in 2017.


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The need to redeploy in a genuine redundancy


The unfair dismissal provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 apply to all employees covered by modern awards, enterprise agreements and other employees who are not "high income" employees.


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Criminal records and employment – Employer’s questions answered


Checking an employee or prospective employee’s criminal history is something which many employers do. However, some employers may be putting their businesses at risk by doing so.


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Are your employment agreements compliant?


Last year saw significant changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 in relation to agreed hours of work, availability provisions, and zero hour contracts.


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7th March 2017


 


Can 2 Letters Take Down HR as We Know It?


Tech vendors are automating many aspects of human resources, but don’t worry; despite the rise of AI your job is safe … probably.


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Companies are seeing a seismic shift in use of people analytics in HR


Deloitte Consulting surveyed more than 10,400 business and HR leaders and found that learning, recruiting, talent analytics and performance management are undergoing big changes.


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Modernising Australian industrial relations


It is not surprising that the present and the last government have been half hearted in the industrial field, for the industrial relations bureaucracy and the industrial relations club are well entrenched in Australian commerce, in public administration and in politics, and the government is scarred by Work Choices.


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Peter Strong: It’s time to take the complexity out of workplace relations


The main issue must be giving people access to permanent full-time work (if that is their wish) and the opportunity to enjoy the excellent conditions that already exist in this country.


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Proposed laws unlikely to stamp out exploitation of underpaid workers, says legal experts


Outlawing unreasonable requests for cash back from employees and higher penalties for franchisors will fail to stamp out exploitation of underpaid workers, legal experts have warned. The proposed laws increase the maximum penalties to more than half a million dollars for contraventions that involve "deliberate and systemic" underpayment of staff.


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Ten tips for successful workplace investigations


Navigating the complexities of workplace investigations can be challenging and stressful for employers. However, as all employers will receive complaints at some point in time, it’s important to know what to do (and not do) when it happens.


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Harsh, unjust or unreasonable: is the unfair dismissal regime broken?


We are familiar with the long standing approach of industrial tribunals in determining whether an employee's dismissal was unfair. You examine if there was a valid reason for dismissal, whether a fair process had been followed and look at the personal circumstances of the employee to form an impression if, overall, the dismissal was unfair.


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The cuckoo in the nest: how to protect against employee information theft


Employers often face the predicament of how to best protect confidential company information. The concerning reality is that all too often employers focus their efforts on protecting their information from outsiders while valuable trade secrets and sensitive information are stolen from within by their own employees.


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This UK company is offering jobs to any employee who admits a robot could replace them


Admitting your job could be made redundant by robots is not typically something employees would be rushing to do, but UK insurance company Aviva is encouraging it.


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Ten steps to finding the right people for your key jobs


Interviewing job candidates has become rather like Shark Tank — except that you’re in the driver’s seat, which automatically puts you in a position of relative psychological advantage over the candidate.


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1st March 2017


 


Sunday penalty rates: Women to bear the brunt of cuts, experts say


Single mother of two Sharon Eurlings says proposed cuts to Sunday penalty rates are an "insult", which treat her Sunday as less important than other people's.


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How prepared are university students for the jobs of the future?


The 21-year-old who hopes to one day become an astronaut recently shared her passion for rocket science with female high school students in a bid to get them more interested in studying science-related subjects at university. A new national survey of 14,000 graduates from 38 universities found 9 per cent of female students wanted to enter STEM careers compared to 28 per cent of males.


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Is your workplace making you sick?


We spend more that 30 per cent of our lives at work, so it comes as no surprise that our work environment has a major effect on our health. These can range from physical, mental and emotional stresses which can affect our wellbeing.


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Section 60 - When A Genuine Dispute Is Not Enough


On 13 January 2017 Parry DCJ in the District Court delivered the reasons for decision in an appeal by the employer, Regis Aged Care P/L against an arbitrators dismissal of an application brought by the employer pursuant to s60 of the Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act.


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FWC finds redundancies not genuine; reinstates four workers


The Fair Work Commission has confirmed its approach to deciding whether a dismissal is a genuine redundancy within the meaning of section 389 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA).


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The A list: Six steps to accountability in your business


Businesses should strive to get a gold star for their own "A list": accountability. It's a vital trait in best business practice and essential for any company wanting to be an employer of choice. So here's six steps to follow for anyone who has trouble grasping the salience of accountability in today's workplace.


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Health care worker compensated after Fair Work ruled his dismissal for tagging colleagues in a "sexual" Facebook post was harsh


Businesses are being reminded to act swiftly on staff behavioural issues and establish clear expectations of acceptable actions in the workplace after the Fair Work Commission awarded compensation to a staff member at Bendigo Health Care Group who was fired for tagging two colleagues in a sexually explicit Facebook post.


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Uber-like bad behavior thrives in absence of human resources


In the latest episode of Tech Bros Behaving Badly, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler says she was propositioned by her boss and denied advancement because of her gender. Perhaps an even more egregious allegation is that the human resources department and senior managers at the company ignored her complaints.


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HR manager evolves into a strategic business role


Human resources has evolved from a compliance-only function to a strategic business role, says Carmel Galvin. "The HR professional today is in part a data analyst, a consultant, a marketer, an international business person and a workplace designer".


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Turnbull flags support for cuts to penalties


Malcolm Turnbull has for the first time explicitly supported the Fair Work Commission cuts to penalty rates, as the Maritime Union of Australia vowed to join a WorkChoices-style campaign to try to overturn the cuts.


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22nd February 2017 


 


PepsiCo to boost paid parental leave from 12 to 16 weeks as government look to end 'double dipping'


Food and drink giant PepsiCo will boost paid parental leave for employees in Australia and New Zealand from 12 to 16 weeks and double paid leave for carers from one to two weeks.


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Commonwealth Bank faces claim it owes millions of dollars in unpaid super to part-time workers


More than 7000 Commonwealth Bank of Australia part-time staff are owed millions of dollars in unpaid superannuation entitlements, according to legal advice.


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Franchise chains are responsible for fair wages, says Caltex boss


While the industry is well-regulated by the ACCC and the Fair Work Ombudsman, the number of ongoing incidents relating to wage underpayment or mistreatment of workers by franchisees is undermining community confidence in franchising.


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Cutting Sunday penalty rates would threaten Coalition in marginal seats: poll


The long overdue decision of the Fair Work Commission on streamlining weekend pay rates is expected imminently, setting up another political brawl.


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ATO admits working hours inefficient after staff backlash over request to work nine more minutes


The Australian Taxation Office has admitted its working hours do not meet community expectations and are inefficient.


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Cleaning contractor at 18 Victorian public schools in wages scandal


A cleaning contractor faces an investigation into claims of "massive wage theft" spanning a large network of Victoria's government-run schools.


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Facts and fiction about abandonment of employment


There is often a misconception that simply because an employee is absent from work without authorisation or approval (or supplying a reason), the employer can dismiss them on the grounds the employee has abandoned their employment.


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When is an employer obliged to create vacancies for redundant employees?


A dismissal in the case of genuine redundancy is exempt from unfair dismissal laws under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). However, if it would have been reasonable in all circumstances for the employee affected by redundancy to be redeployed, the exemption from FW Act unfair dismissal laws do not apply.


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Coffee, yoga and free snacks: Which work perks actually encourage someone join your team?


Small business owners are well-acquainted with the challenge of chasing star talent with limited resources, but when it comes to courting staff with non-financial perks, some work better than others.


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Stop hiring for cultural fit, it's damaging your teams potential


It has long been the Australian style to hire for cultural fit. We haven't worried so much about past experience or skills as much as we have whether the person will fit our culture. We think this will create better alignment of values and behaviours within our team. But what we really mean is we want to bring people into our businesses who are like us.


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Millennials are not lazy, just misunderstood


The problem, as Mr Sinek sees it, lay with bosses rather than the Millennials, who were expected to represent an estimated 50 per cent of the global workforce by 2020.


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15th February 2017 


 


High Court Provides Guidance On When Employers Will Be Held Liable For Offences Committed By Their Employees


The recent decision of the High Court of Australia in Prince Alfred College Incorporated v ADC [2016], has shed some light on when employers will be held vicariously liable for the criminal acts of their employees and, in particular, acts involving sexual assault.


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Companies will soon be required to notify customers and Privacy Commissioner of data breaches


Companies that are turning over more than $3 million a year will soon be obliged to report data breaches to both the Privacy Commissioner and their customers, after the government’s Notifiable Data Breaches Bill passed through the Senate yesterday.


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Judge slaps employer with huge fine over ‘grossly exploitative’ cashback scheme


A cafe owner in regional NSW has been fined for exploiting five workers - including two Indians he threatened with violence and visa cancellations - in a case brought forward by the Fair Work Ombudsman.


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The slippery slope of informal workplace complaints


Informal workplace complaints are unfortunately something that managers have to handle on a regular basis: whether it’s an employee letting off steam and having a whinge about their colleagues or something more serious that an employee just wants to get off their chest and insists they don’t want investigated.


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Domino’s hit by claims that franchisees are asking employees for cash in return for visas


Allegations that franchisees at Domino’s Pizza spoke to workers about paying for visa sponsorship have prompted employment lawyers to remind businesses about the potential consequences of failing to comply with immigration and workplace laws.


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State Government to take nurses union to Industrial Relations Commission


THE State Government is taking legal action against the nurses’ union to stop planned industrial action by staff aimed at addressing the closure of hospital beds.


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Senate inquiry told ABCC law will not 'level the playing field' for all


Not all building and construction companies will benefit from the "level playing field" the federal government promised to create with the introduction of its Australian Building and Construction law, a Senate inquiry has heard.


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Why regions can't persuade fly-in fly-out workers to live locally


Regions that offer adequate amenities for residents have the best chance of converting long-distance commuters, writes Riccardo Welters and Christopher Nicholas.


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Half 'injured' Post workers use ABNs


Forty-three per cent of the Australia Post employees receiving workers compensation use ABNs, suggesting widespread fraud, ex-manager says.


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Chucking a sickie: a workplace entitlement or grounds for disciplinary action?


Managing the taking of employees’ personal leave can be a tricky process, especially when an employee takes regular sick days and the business suspects that they are not genuinely ill and are instead ‘chucking a sickie’.


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Australia's jobs market highly gender-segregated, little change over past 20 years


Figures from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) show Australia's jobs market is highly gender-segregated, and the situation has barely changed in the past 20 years.


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Banks to secure management of employees' superannuation funds


Australia's major banks are sharpening up incentives to business to win a greater slice of lucrative default superannuation schemes, according to research out today.


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8th February 2017 


 


Key changes set to shape Australian workplaces in 2017


Several key changes affecting Australian workplaces have recently taken effect and another round of reforms are in the pipeline. All business leaders and people managers should be aware of the changes that lie ahead and be prepared to take action where and when it is needed.


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How to: Draft an effective social media policy


An effective social media policy provides you and your employees with certainty about the expectations, rights and obligations regarding social media use. In this article we set out some information on the type of behaviour you can regulate through your policy, as well as some drafting tips on putting together your own policy.


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Stupidity not necessarily a sackable offence, says Fair Work Commission


We all know not to make jokes about bombs when we go through the airport. Nothing could get you kicked off a flight faster. It’s a guaranteed way to find yourself carted off by burly border protection officers. But a recent case demonstrates that it is worth challenging cases of unfair dismissal.


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Judge says immigrant employers exploiting workers from similar background is ‘extremely serious’


A Judge has imposed more than $200,000 in penalties and issued a stinging rebuke to two migrant Asian business operators in Brisbane for their ‘extremely serious’ conduct in exploiting five workers from a similar cultural background.


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'Bullied' after having a baby: Slater & Gordon sued by former staffer


A former senior accountant at Slater & Gordon is suing the social justice law firm claiming she was discriminated against after she returned from maternity leave and later unfairly made redundant.


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Say Cheese! Workplace Photos and Privacy in Australia


As we leave the workplace party season behind us, employers should consider whether events have been recorded for posterity by having someone appointed or engaged to take photographs or videos. While images of employees may be legitimately used for promotional or ‘team’ purposes, the critical factors are consent and respect.


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Medibank In Melbourne Champions Green Architecture And Workplace Wellness


An Australian workplace demonstrates how its championing of green architecture and design provides a comfortable and healthy environment for its workers while enhancing their sense of well-being.


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The Future Of The Workplace


We will all be entrepreneurs - but not everybody will have the interest, resources or aptitude to go out on their own.


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If you can't stand the heat, what happens if you can't get out of the kitchen?


There were 662 workers compensation claims for workplace fatigue, skin cancer and heat stroke in the four years to July 2015, according to the latest available government figures. An average of one person died each year from heat exposure in the workplace.


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Truck driving: one of the deadliest workplaces in Australia


A truck cabin is among the deadliest workplaces in Australia, new research shows. The Macquarie University study, which surveyed 559 truck drivers, found a high proportion are forced to work long and dangerous hours carrying unsafe loads to avoid losing their jobs.


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How to find yourself a mentor in 2017


Some of the most important people in my professional career have been my mentors. And some of the most rewarding relationships I have had are with people I have been fortunate enough to have mentored.


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Work hour limits need to change for better mental health and gender equality


Australian businesses need to adhere to a healthy work hour limit for the mental health of workers and to take into account the amount of caring work women do at home, our research shows.


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1st February 2017 


 


Can ‘chucking a sickie’ be grounds for dismissing an employee?


The summer months can be frustrating for employers, as hot weather and sunny skies may tempt employees to ‘chuck a sickie’ and enjoy a day away from work. For employers, it can be difficult to determine whether an employee’s reason for sick leave is genuine or whether disciplinary action is warranted for misuse of sick leave entitlements.


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Employer unsuccessful in defending unfair dismissal for pornography use


A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) is a reminder of the importance of workplace policies when dismissing an employee for misconduct. The FWC upheld an employee’s unfair dismissal application, notwithstanding that the employee admitted to using company equipment to access ‘hard-core’ pornography.


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’A tragedy waiting to happen’: record OHS fine confirms why risk assessments are key


A tragic recent case in which a transport company was fined a record amount for breaching its OHS duties confirms that safety and legal compliance requires competent risk assessments and a timely response to their outcomes.


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Employer hotel fined for caretaker sexually assaulting young employee


A female hotel employee in Queensland has been awarded $313,000 in damages for sexual harassment and assault she was subjected to in her bed by the hotel caretaker. The case rings a warning to employers that they need to take reasonable steps to prevent employees engaging in or being exposed to such conduct.


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Parliamentary expenses: Where is the trust?


It’s not easy to write rules that cover our parliamentarians’ public, party and private roles, especially if we’re to pay for their families to travel with them sometimes. But does your company have sufficient controls and measures to oversee expense claims?


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Expressing an opinion on social media: free speech or employment peril?


Being alive in the age of social media is an exciting time. We have the ability to connect with others in a way like never before. Unfortunately, employees have shown a lack of maturity and insight with the impact and reach of their personal views on social media. How should employers respond?


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Fair Work Ombudsman report reveals non-compliance in major fast-food franchise


A Fair Work Ombudsman Activity Report has identified widespread non-compliance within Pizza Hut outlets with three quarters of audited outlets failing to comply with workplace laws.


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Is big data leading workplace management down the wrong path?


Thousands of Australian companies are measuring the performance of workers in real time and relying less and less on human intuition to make decisions about who to hire and fire. While this dive into big data is seen by some as more objective, faster and scientific than human decision-making, others worry it can also be inaccurate and far less nuanced.


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Backpacker employers need to register with Australian Tax Office or face penalties


Farmers, hospitality and construction businesses currently employing backpackers without registering with the Tax Office are at risk of a penalty.


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24 things expats find surprising about Australian working culture


Australians have a unique set of business etiquette rules in comparison with other business cultures.


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Why culture needs to be part of the plan to grow any business


Culture is less about glow-in-the-dark ping pong tables and free pizza than it is about ‘enduring values’, and despite what many founders believe, it won’t just happen naturally, says Digithos founder Dinesh Tantri.


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Five lessons in success from tennis champion Roger Federer


He was already known as one of the greats of tennis and on Sunday evening, Roger Federer once again showed he is all class. Here’s five lessons from the winner of the 2017 Australian Open men’s singles tournament.


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25th January 2017 


 


Employer negligent for failing to manage excessive work hours


An abattoir and meat processing business was found to have breached its duty of care to its plant manager. The manager, who worked on-call hours 24 hours a day, twice collapsed at work due to stress and exhaustion. His employer later retrenched him.


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Calculating redundancy payments – does prior service as a casual count?


Australian law has for a long time recognised the concept of 'casual' employment. It is generally understood that casual employees are engaged on an "as needed" basis. There is no obligation on the employer to offer a casual work and, equally, there is no obligation on the employee to accept work when offered.


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Part-time, projects, portfolio careers: What workers can expect in 2017


There's an 'exciting new world of work' out there, and not only is Sarah Moran embracing it, she's encouraging others to do the same.


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Veterans find new careers as businesses look to shape Government program


Keri Anderson spent 15 years as a field engineering officer in the New Zealand Army, undertaking deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, before a career change saw her become a senior consultant at Canberra firm Noetic.


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Employers concerned that workers will take a sickie on Friday


More Australians than usual are expected to be ill on Friday after celebrating Australia Day, prompting employer groups to plead that workers take annual leave instead of a sickie, while unions say there are bigger issues to worry about.


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Claims Fair Work Commission is anti-business are 'clearly wrong', says expert


Claims that the Fair Work Commission is dysfunctional and holds an anti-business bias are unfounded and wrong, according to the independent industrial relations expert Andrew Stewart.


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$125k back-pay for workers in south-east Melbourne


A former manager of an automotive repair business at Seaford in Victoria has been reimbursed $102,990 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.


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Money doesn’t buy happiness at work


Whether you’re cleaning the toilets or sitting in the boardroom, one thing doesn’t change: the culture and values of your workplace matter more than how much you’re being paid.


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Late again? The punctually challenged


We all know someone who just never manages to be somewhere or do something on time. Often it is managers and the most senior leaders and it costs companies a lot. Is it intentional? Is it inconsiderate and rude? Is it a display of power or rebelliousness?


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Why business leaders like former Microsoft Australia managing director Pip Marlow take their kids to work


Work-life balance? Work-life conflict is a much better term to describe the constant battle to maintain multiple priorities, particularly when it comes to pursuing a career or business with kids.


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Unpaid internship trend may penalise poorer job seekers, study finds


More job hunters are doing unpaid internships, and this trend may disadvantage those who can't afford to work for free, as well as people in regional areas, the authors of a new report say.


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Parmalat locks out workers at Echuca dairy plant


Dairy company Parmalat has locked about 60 workers out of a processing plant in northern Victoria indefinitely amid a heated dispute over pay and conditions.


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18th January 2017 


 


Innovation — finding the new normal


Innovation. It's the buzzword of the moment. Staying relevant to our clients and their ever-changing needs, and the desire to make better decisions based on fact rather than instinct have always been a goal of good businesses.


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Swearing in the workplace: where should you draw the line?


Is swearing ever appropriate in the workplace? Six recent cases suggest that the line between what is and is not appropriate is becoming increasingly blurred.


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What exactly is unfair dismissal?


Unfair dismissal occurs when an employee’s dismissal from employment is harsh, unjust or unreasonable. Those who are unfairly dismissed may be eligible to receive compensation by making an unfair dismissal claim.


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2016 Budget superannuation changes – draft regulations released – what they mean


The Government has released draft regulations as part of the 2016 Budget changes (Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Regulations 2017).


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Workers Entitled To Legal Representation


On 16 December 2016, the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation published on the NSW Legislation Website, the Workers Compensation Amendment (Legal Costs) Regulation 2016. The practical effect of the regulation is that a worker is now entitled to obtain detailed legal advice in respect of a merit review of a work capacity decision, and obtain assistance in making an application for merit review to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority.


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Thousands of injured workers to lose compensation benefits this year


Injured workers who had been covered for weekly benefits until retirement and medical expenses for life will now lose those entitlements from October under changes to the compensation scheme that were introduced in 2012.


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Joint campaign by FWO and ASIC proves a success


The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered almost $40,000 for underpaid Brisbane workers as part of a joint campaign with Australian Securities and Investments Commission.


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Can wage growth recover in 2017? Don't count on it


It is the time of year for crystal ball gazing, including on economic matters. For people in the financial markets, that means preparing year-ahead forecasts on everything from the price of coal, to interest rates and the Australian dollar. But for many of us, a more relevant financial question for the year ahead is will I get a decent pay rise?


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Showpo sues fellow e-retailer over data 'theft'


Online fashion house Showpo is suing one of its former graphic designers and fledgling online retailer Black Swallow for reputational damage and loss of sales alleging the woman stole the entire customer database and passed it on to her new employer.


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How a looming smart data revolution will deliver energy efficiency


Australia does not compare well on the world stage when it comes to energy efficiency. It’s time we took it seriously, especially in the workplace.


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More than half of young Australians do unpaid work


More than half of Australia's young adults have done unpaid work as part of an internship or a job trial, raising questions about the need for greater regulation of unpaid work to prevent exploitation, a landmark national study has found.


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Five resolutions your HR advisor hopes you’ve made this year


While we are all fresh and ready to be better leaders this year, I thought I would take the opportunity to get you motivated with five resolutions to create your highest performing team in 2017!


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11th January 2017 


 


FIFO drug testing - what are your rights?


Whether you work on a mine site or in the CBD it's likely you're about to be tested for illicit drugs. However it is feared that part of the process can be discriminatory. Watch a report about the rights of workers.


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Ten Things for an HR Manager’s ‘To Do’ list in 2017


Happy 2017! With the new year now in full swing, here is this year’s list of 10 key items that we think should be on every HR Manager’s (or business owner’s) ‘to do’ list in 2017.


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Carpentry business hit with $38,000 in penalties after ignoring compensation order


A Canberra carpenter and his company have been penalised more than $38,000 after ignoring a Fair Work Commission order to pay compensation to an unfairly dismissed worker.


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Moree Plains employees short-changed $10,700


The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered a total of $10,700 for seven underpaid hospitality employees at a club in the Moree Plains area in northern NSW.


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Opinion: Destigmatising mental health issues in the workplace


Dr Robert Holmes says it’s time to destigmatise mental health issues in the workplace so that employees can feel safe enough to say: ‘I’m not coping’.


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Job advertisements slow at end of 2016: ANZ


Job advertisements eased in December, highlighting a slowdown in Australia's employment market over the second half of last year.


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Pink-collar jobs: Why men don't want the jobs done mostly by women


It hasn't been a great time to be a man without a job. The jobs that have been disappearing globally, like machine operator, are predominantly those that men do. The occupations that are growing, like health aide, employ mostly women.


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Working from home? Here are 10 ways to become more productive


​Have a New Year's resolution to work from home more this year - maybe to spend more time with your children or save some petrol money, thanks to the flexible work of the internet? Working from home can have its charms and challenges.


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French workers win legal right to avoid checking work email out-of-hours


From 1 January, workers have ‘right to disconnect’ as France seeks to establish agreements that afford work flexibility but avoid burnout.


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Six-hour workday trial runs into trouble: too expensive


Employees pining for a shorter, six-hour workday just got some bad news: the costs outweigh the benefits. That's according to the preliminary results of a two-year experiment carried out in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.


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The rise and fall of enterprise bargaining agreements in Australia


After 21 years of growth, we are now witnessing a decline of enterprise bargaining—a decline which will not be reversed without some legislative reform to support it.


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Seven steps to maximum productivity


Whether you’re an early bird who jumps out of bed before your alarm clock, or more of a night owl whose day doesn’t officially start until that third cup of coffee, we can all use a little push in the morning.


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21 December 2016 


 


Restraints of trade have never been more enforceable


Restraint of trade clauses in contracts of employment have never been more enforceable, particularly in Victoria.


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Major Changes to Federal Law Regulating Registered Organisations, Including New Registered Organisations Commission


On 24 November 2016 the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2016 (Cth) (the Amending Act) was given assent. The Amending Act will have a significant impact on trade unions and employer associations registered under Federal law.


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Landmark agreement sets new standard for the franchise industry


An agreement reached between the Fair Work Ombudsman and 7-Eleven last week is set to introduce a new standard for franchising in Australia.


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The ‘gig economy’: Are Uber drivers and Deliveroo riders contractors or employees?


A recent UK employment tribunal decision found that Uber’s drivers are not in fact contractors (as Uber’s documents and structure say) but are entitled to employment benefits such as the national living wage and paid leave, as they fell within the relevant definition of 'worker.'


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Tick tock, tick tock: Extension of Time claims fall foul to strict time bars!


The decision in CMA Assets Pty Ltd v John Holland Pty Ltd [No 6] [2015] WASC 217, has reinforced the position that contractors MUST comply with the terms of a contract – for example, time and notice provisions - otherwise they risk losing fundamental rights and claims available in the contract such as Extension of Time claims.


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A recent decision by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found that a period of casual employment that is regular and systematic counts as ‘continuous service’ for the purposes of notice of termination and redundancy pay.


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