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29 August 2019

Are there rules for languages spoken at Australian workplaces?

Bonjour, Bongiorno, Guten Tag, Ni Hao, Konnichiwa, Hola, Hello. You may have understood and/or recognised one or more of those greetings in a number of languages, but if the conversation…
dos and donts of a office party Unfair Dismissal
14 June 2019

Can My Employer Direct Me to Attend an Independent Medical Examination (IME)?

Has your employer directed you to attend a medical examination by a doctor of their choice?  You may be questioning whether your employer has the right to require you to…
unfair dismissal compensation Unfair Dismissal
1 May 2019

Conflicting medical evidence: Who makes the final call?

Recently, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (‘Full Bench’) in CSL Limited T/A CSL Behring v Chris Papaioannou was asked to determine whether an employer or the Fair…
Unfair Dismissal
28 February 2019

Casual Conversion Clause

Are you a long-term casual employee? Do you know you probably have the right to request that your employment be converted to a part-time or full-time basis? In July 2017,…
Sexual Harassment
15 November 2018

Sexual Harassment Law in Australian Workplaces

Sexual harassment is sexual behavior that is unwanted or unwelcome. The tests for determining what amounts to sexual harassment under the relevant Australian legislation are slightly different, however, broadly sexual…
Unfair Dismissal
8 October 2018

Heavy fines for franchisee’s record keeping breaches

A former Franchisee operator and the company’s owner have been handed down large penalties for a number of record keeping breaches after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation. Background In Fair…
dos and donts of a office party Unfair Dismissal
30 May 2018

Office Christmas Party Do’s and Don’ts

Your office Christmas Party is fast approaching, do you know the dos and don’ts? The annual office Christmas party can be a fun night of frivolity, however, too much frivolity…
unfair disissal high threshold Unfair Dismissal
30 May 2018

Unfair Dismissal and the High-Income Threshold

Have you been unfairly dismissed but you're above the high-income threshold A recent Fair Work Commission case found that an employee was still entitled to make an unfair dismissal claim…
sexual harrassment Sexual Harassment
26 April 2018

Family and Domestic Violence Leave to be Recognised in Modern Awards

Family and Domestic Violence Leave to be Recognition in Modern Awards Domestic violence is a significant issue in Australia that effects many individuals and has a real impact on employees…
working overtime questions Unfair Dismissal
26 April 2018

Working Overtime? What are your Rights?

Know Your Rights with Overtime Work Your employer has asked you to stay back to work a few more additional hours this week - can they do this? Your employer…
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30 March 2018

Sexual Harassment – Your Legal Rights and Obligations

What are your rights and obligations are under the law? Sexual harassment is against the law.  This blog discusses sexual harassment in the workplace and what your rights and responsibilities…
sexual harrassment Sexual Harassment
26 March 2018

What Sexual Harassment Is

What sexual harassment is – including the verbal, visual, and physical conduct that could be considered harassment Sexual harassment is the topic that has been making global headlines lately.  Scandal…
casual award clause Unfair Dismissal
12 March 2018

Casual Conversion Clause in Modern Awards

What is the Casual Conversion Clause? If your employer employs you on a casual basis, then read on as this may apply to you. A number of modern awards currently…
know how much you should be paid Unfair DismissalUnpaid Wages
1 March 2018

Are you a Trainee or Apprentice? Do you Know What you Should be Paid?

Knowing How Much You Should Be Paid If you are a trainee or apprentice you ought to check that your employer is paying you the correct rate of pay.  If…
taking annual leave Unfair Dismissal
1 March 2018

Do you Know your Annual Leave Rights?

Understanding your Rights to Annual Leave Most modern awards now contain additional annual leave provisions that include the ability to: cash out annual leave; take annual leave in advance; manage…
Unfair Dismissal
16 February 2018

What are Grounds for Unfair Dismissal?

The Act is the piece of legislation that covers the federal industrial relations system and sets out the minimum workplace conditions and protections for employees and it also sets out…
unfair dismissal reasons Unfair Dismissal
31 January 2018

What is a Fair Reason for Dismissal?

Your boss has just fired you - was the reason for your employment being terminated by your employer fair? An employer cannot dismiss an employee without a valid reason.  The…
who is protected from unfair dismissal Unfair Dismissal
25 January 2018

Who is Protected from Unfair Dismissal?

Persons Protected from Unfair Dismissal If you are an employee, you are protected from unfair dismissal if: your employer is an employer who is covered by the Fair Work Act;…
unfair dismissal compensation Unfair Dismissal
15 January 2018

Can You Get Compensation for Unfair Dismissal?

Unfair Dismissal Compensation The Fair Work Commission is the workplace relations tribunal that will consider your application for unfair dismissal. There are a number of remedies available to you if…
GeneralUnfair DismissalUnpaid Wages
1 December 2017

Am I being paid enough? What is my right rate of pay?

Am I getting the right amount of pay? You would think this is a simple question, but it’s not.  There is no doubt that today’s workplace laws are complicated.  So…
GeneralUnfair Dismissal
14 November 2017

Time to resign? How much notice do you have to give?

Giving Sufficient Notice Many employees are not aware that they may have a requirement to give a particular amount of notice when leaving a job.  Not doing so could cost…
Unfair Dismissal
17 August 2017

Managing your Employer

How and When to Manage Your Employer Managing employees is a topic that is regularly discussed and debated by employers, lawyers and academics. Having practiced in employment and workplace law…
6 April 2017

Robots in the workplace requires employment law update says IBA

Artificial intelligence and other technology advances require a change in employment law according to the International Bar Association. Its Global Employment Institute’s report says that technology such as AI is…
GeneralUnfair Dismissal
2 November 2016

Don’t Suffer in Silence! You CAN Ask Questions about your Entitlements

Enquiring of your Entitlements The Fair Work Act provides that an employee is entitled to make a complaint or enquiry about their employment. It also provides that an employee should…