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.

Do you still struggle with procedural fairness?

ELM TV EXCLUSIVE – Partner at Page Seager, David Dilger, spoke to us about a key takeaway from the HR Law Masterclass series; that of “procedural fairness”. This short video highlights some key considerations within internal processes, and links it with some top tips regarding workplace investigations.

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.