New code of practice for managing the mental health of FIFO workers: a first of its kind in Australia
Read all about the new code of practice for managing the mental health of FIFO workers here.
Potential prosecution by a safety regulator for poor workplace culture – is it coming to a workplace near you?
Mental health and duty of care in the workplace
Being Mean Won’t Keep Them Keen: The Role of Psychological Safety in High-Performing Workplaces
Offensive language within the workplace: When does it cross the line?
Profanities in the workplace; acceptable always, never, or only in times of deep exasperation? Does swearing in the workplace give an employer enough grounds to terminate an employee? As an employment lawyer it’s relatively common for me to hear of circumstances where employees have been reprimanded for their choice of language within the workplace –...
Do employees have a right to free speech in Australia?
Staying Ahead of the Curve: Overcoming Workforce Management Challenges in the Aged Care Industry
Juggling Mental Illness and Performance Management
Serious misconduct: a salutary reminder
We still see many clients whose disciplinary policies dealing with misconduct require sequential warnings before an employee’s employment can be terminated for misconduct, unless the conduct amounts to ‘serious misconduct’. The prescriptive nature of these policies reduces an employer’s discretion to determine a sanction which is appropriate to each individual case. The result? Employers scrambling...
#MeToo inspires employees to act: Dismissal of a Coles manager upheld by the Fair Work Commission
Terminations, unfair dismissal claims and some common pitfalls
Worker sacked for taking Nurofen Plus – how does your D&A Policy stack up?
NZ: Health and Safety Update – July 2019
Working together A recent District Court decision reaffirms the need for different companies to consult, co-operate, and co-ordinate when working on the same site. Phil Stirling Building Limited (PSBL) and Duncan Engineering Limited (DEL) were recently found guilty of charges under ss 34, 36 and 48 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015...
Marie Boland’s Review of the Work Health and Safety Laws, Part 3: Safe Work Australia‘s Consultation Regulation Impact Statement
Recklessness, negligence, increased fines and the end of insurance – is your workplace ready?
New Zealand: High Court clarifies reparations under the Health and Safety at Work Act
NZ: Increase in parental leave payments
The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 (Act) provides the minimum leave entitlements for new parents. In New Zealand, if an employee or their partner is having a baby, or taking permanent responsibility for the care of a child under six years old, they may be entitled to be able to take Parental Leave,...
Employment Law Changes for the 2019-20 New Financial Year
It’s July: Employment Related Rate Increases Effective Now
Changes to the Employment Relations Act – what you need to know and implement
Australia: biometric data, the Privacy Act, and the employee records exemption
In Jeremy Lee v Superior Wood Pty Ltd, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) considered the lawfulness of an employer directing an employee to provide their biometric data. In this case, Mr Lee objected to his employer’s direction to use a fingerprint scanner to sign in and out of his work site, under Superior...