Discrimination

Full Bench upholds Bupa’s right to change rosters in line with resident care needs

Read why the Full Bench upheld Bupa’s right to change the rosters of over 2,200 part time employees across its 29 aged care homes in NSW in this article by Calum Cook – Bupa A&NZ’s Deputy General Counsel – Care Services, Employment and Litigation.

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.

FWO crack down on employers for underpaying workers

Employment Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent, Lisa Qiu writes how the FWO “has begun cracking down on employers, forcing them to fork out thousands of dollars in back-pay and penalty fines for underpaying workers.” Read the specific case examples here.

Employer fined for making returning mother redundant

“It is a fundamental entitlement of an employee to take parental leave to care for a child and not be prejudiced or disadvantaged for exercising that right in the workplace,” writes Tim Greenall of Madgwicks. Learn more on Heraud v Roy Morgan Research Limited ([2016] FCCA 1797).

Can you sack a worker for getting a tattoo?

Nathan Luke reminds us that “if you have certain expectations of your employees regarding appearance, you should have a clear, written policy setting out the relevant rules. This policy should be clearly articulated to employees before they accept the job.” Read more here.

Remember: Employees leave managers, not companies

Tiffany Campbell of Holding Redlich reminds us in this informative submission that “Managers are your front-line for reinforcing company values and culture, managing staff and driving results.” With this said, there have been a recent spate of workers’ compensation decisions, however, “where consequences on businesses when managers fail to act reasonably when managing employees.”

Is there no one standard definition of absenteeism?

In this article we gain some case study insights from Consultant, Michael Minns on the topic of absenteeism. He also reminds HR and management teams that analysing your current workplace absenteeism is a good place to start when looking to manage this complex and multifaceted phenomena.