Are your key staff bound by post-employment restraints?

Post employment restraints is a buzzing topic at the moment and in this short article by Warwick Ryan of Swaab Attorneys, he provides a few tips for employers on how to review this issue in their own workplaces. "Without effective post-employment restraint clauses – who really owns the business?" he asks.

How are you ensuring procedural fairness in an investigation?

Madelaine August of Moray & Agnew provides us with informative answers to questions regarding procedural fairness. She cites the Bonny Walia v Citywide Service Solutions case, where a garbage truck driver was reinstated to his position by the FWC due to issues with the employer's decision making steps.

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Intoxicated worker unsuccessfully sues for employer’s request for alcohol screening

In Pere v Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service [2017] QDC 2, Mr Pere, a Fire Safety and Security Officer at the Gladstone Hospital, presented to work in what appeared to be an intoxicated state. He was requested to attend the emergency department of the Hospital to undertake blood and urine tests. The results of the tests established a four times the legal limit.

What is the “greyer area” around an employee’s use of their own social media?

Stephen Booth of Coleman Greig clearly answers some important social media and the workplace questions in the lead up to the HR Law Masterclass. "It is very important to have a social media policy in place, which makes it plain that out-of-work and out-of-hours conduct which is relevant to the workplace is not merely a private matter," he reminds all employers in this article.