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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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Does casual service count towards service-based entitlements?

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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Highest fine ever for a single offence under OHS laws handed down by a Victorian Court

A transport company has been fined $1 million after pleading guilty to breaching section 21 of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 after it failed to maintain a safe system of work.

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Fair Work Ombudsman takes legal action after young apprentices allegedly short-changed $32,000

A Queensland building and construction company and its director are facing court over allegations they short-changed two young apprentices more than $32,000.

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Public servants at ACMA, ABS and IP Australia reject pay deals

Three more public service workforces have voted to reject workplace deals offered under the Coalition's controversial industrial relations policy. The fresh no votes have come at IP Australia, the third time workers there have rejected a proposed deal, The Australian Communications and Media Authority and interviewers at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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How should workplaces prepare for victims of domestic abuse?

Many Australians affected by domestic abuse are part of a workplace. But what stand should a workplace take to curb the effects of what has been described as a 'national social crisis'? And how should enterprises prepare for victims of domestic abuse who are in their employ?

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WA unemployment rate soars to highest level since 2002

Western Australia's peak business group has joined the Opposition in condemning a sharp increase in the state's unemployment rate, with claims the 'unacceptable' and 'catastrophic' result warrants immediate reform.

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Landmark legal action against Victorian vegetable grower over claims migrant workers were exploited

The National Union of Workers (NUW) has launched a test case in the Federal Court against one of Australia's largest vegetable growers, Covino Farms.

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14 December 2016 

 

Contractual arrangements are crucial in unfair dismissal proceedings

A recent decision made by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has put labour hire providers’ unfair dismissal obligations back in the spotlight.

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Trading your leave for cash isn't the jackpot you think it is

While Americans get two weeks a year as standard, in Australia the legal minimum is four weeks. But that doesn't mean we take it.

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The biggest office complaint is about temperature, survey shows

All office workers have their pet hates, whether it's that annoying colleague munching their lunch at their desk, or the lack of privacy in an open-plan space. But it's a cold war when it comes to the biggest office gripe, a new survey has shown.

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Employer groups warn against underpayment and an uneven playing field

Peak employer groups have warned business owners against systematic underpayment of workers because it is creating an uneven playing field for those paying lawful wage rates.

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Workplace Trends In 2017: A More Tailored Approach To Wellbeing

From sleep rooms to meditation, the concept of mindfulness at work really came to fruition this year but in 2017, workplace flexibility and a more tailored approach to wellbeing will dominate the conversation.

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Employees Behaving Badly in 2016

This round up is a little different; it's employees behaving badly in 2016 and the response of the Fair Work Commission to such behaviour.

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Drugs and alcohol in the workplace: prescription and party drugs

Part of the Cabbage Salad and Safety series of podcasts, looking more closely at party drugs and prescription drugs.

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Employing backpackers – be a fair employer and stay on the right side of the law

Everyone loves a bargain and backpackers are seen as an endless source of cheap labour. However, there can be a sting in the tail, even if individuals do in fact conform to the expectation of cheap and cheerful labour.

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2016 – The year that was: an annual workplace relations recap

2016 saw a number of changes and developments to the workplace relations landscape. It would be an almost impossible task to comprehensively list all of the year’s relevant developments. Here are some highlights.

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Employers: how do you prevent employees from misusing confidential information?

The saying 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure' certainly rings true when it comes to protecting an employer’s confidential information from misuse.

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MUA faces court on claims it organised unlawful action

The Maritime Union of Australia is facing legal action after the Fair Work Ombudsman filed court proceedings alleging the union organised a campaign of unlawful industrial action, leading to up to nearly 100 workers withdrawing labour from shipping terminals in Sydney and Brisbane.

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When will you be too old for your job? Check this chart

One way to prepare for retirement is to save. Another way: Don't retire. It's surprisingly common to put very little aside and hope you never need to hang up your cleats for good, according to a survey in the US released this month by Merrill Edge.

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7 December 2016 

 

Hotly debated industrial relations legislation gets through

The two Bills that triggered the nation’s double dissolution election, namely, the Registered Organisations Bill 2014 and the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, have passed through Parliament.

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Fair Work Ombudsman focusing on entire labour supply chains involved in worker exploitation

The exploitation of vulnerable workers in Australia has become a hot topic in recent months, attracting a significant amount of mainstream media attention. The issue has also come under the microscope of the Fair Work Ombudsman, which has warned it will target all parties involved in a worker’s exploitation regardless of whether a direct employment relationship exists.

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Christmas — the season to be merry or wary?

December is an exciting month for employees with Christmas functions, closing out a busy year and pending holidays. Throw in the celebratory drinks and it can be a dangerous mix. Inebriated employees may act out of character and in a manner that goes beyond appropriate workplace behaviour, potentially leading to claims of bullying, harassment and other allegations.

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Code red for non-compliance with new enterprise agreement restrictions

Three years after the Abbott Government first introduced the proposed legislation, the controversial Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2016 has been passed by Commonwealth Parliament. Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash has immediately drawn upon her powers under the Act to introduce the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.

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How to: Manage ill or injured employees

Let’s take a look at this common scenario: An employee is absent from work. They provide a medical certificate that states they are unfit for work due to a medical condition, and sets out the period of the absence. The absence continues, with the employee periodically submitting medical certificates without providing any further information about the medical condition or when they will be fit to return to work. Employers faced with this scenario will want to know what happens next.

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Registered organisations bill passed into law - with unexpected whistleblower protections

On 22 November, the Turnbull Government finally secured passage of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill 2014 (RO Bill) by federal Parliament. This article examines the key aspects of the RO Bill and explores the implications of the whistleblower changes – which are especially significant, given the Government’s commitment to extend similar protections to the corporate and public sectors.

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Workplace bullying: why management backlash is behind Australia's steep rise

Despite a change in fast-tracking complaints, there are more reports of bullying which experts link to management’s loss of control in the workplace.

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Gender discrimination starts young: Mission Australia 2016 youth survey

Gender discrimination among young people is alarmingly common, according to new research from Mission Australia. The 22,000 teenagers, aged from 15 to 19, surveyed for Mission Australia's annual youth report identified discrimination, alcohol and drugs and mental health as among the top issues facing young Australians.

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Employers are underpaying 2.4m workers superannuation: report

Close to a third of Australian workers are missing out on $3.6 billion a year in superannuation entitlements and many do not even realise they are being short-changed, a new report reveals.

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Porn, pestering and power trips: readers respond to sexual harassment survey

No workplace is safe. That's the conclusion you'd have to draw from the stories of hundreds of workers who have responded to a Fairfax Media investigation into sexual harassment by clients.

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Eighty-nine-year-old lands a job after claiming he was at risk of ‘dying from boredom’: Should your business do more to find older workers?

Employers have been encouraged to consider older job candidates, after an 89-year-old man in the UK who claimed he was ‘dying from boredom’ successfully found a job.

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Why burnout isn’t the price we should pay for success

It might be that as the end of the year approaches, you are simply tired and ready for a break. Or is it more than that? You aren’t alone if it is. Tales of burnout, working around the clock, becoming ill, becoming stressed, being chronically sleep-deprived and strung out are everywhere.

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30 November 2016 

 

A summary dismissal delayed is a summary dismissal denied by the Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission has found that a summary dismissal could be rendered unfair if it isn't effected in a timely fashion.

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How companies can prepare for the Turnbull Government's new whistleblower laws

Companies can get ready for stronger whistleblower protections by examining their internal culture and strengthening internal reporting mechanisms.

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Compliance Partnership boosts compliance at Baiada worksites

In its compliance partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman, Baiada Group, Australia’s second largest poultry processer, has significantly improved its workplace practices and addressed the exploitation of vulnerable overseas workers by its contractors.

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Is the right to reasonable notice dead in Australia?

A period of notice for employment termination is usually specified in a written employment contract, but sometimes it is not. So what happens if the employer wishes to terminate the employment relationship? Does the employee have the right to a notice period?

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Preserving Digital Evidence - Image first, ask questions later

Is this a common scenario? A senior employee left your company six months ago. Now there’s suspicion that she misused IP. But someone else in the company is now using the computer she’d had.

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