Talent & Performance

Do employees have a right to free speech in Australia?

Introduction There’s been a lot of publicity recently over Israel Folau and his problems with Rugby Australia over some controversial views about homosexuals and others he posted on social media. Some commentators have characterised that dispute as a contest between, on the one hand an employee’s right to religious freedom and freedom of speech, and...

Injury, Safety & RTW

Employee Relations & IR

Changes to the Employment Relations Act – what you need to know and implement

A number of changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 come into force today. Here’s what you need to know: Rest and Meal Breaks: Prescribed rest and meal breaks are introduced with effect from today. Employers will now have to provide employees with the correct number of rest and meal breaks but can agree with employees when...

Disputes, Liabilities, Case Law

Fair Work Ombudsman Targets the Fast Food, Restaurant and Café Industries

On Monday, 3 June 209 the Fair Work Ombudsman, Ms Sandra Parker, announced FWO’s priorities for 2019 – 2020, altering the agency’s public image from mediator to regulator.  Law enforcement and adherence to Australian industrial relations laws are the top priorities, with a strong focus on targeting “priority industries” which include the Fast Food, Restaurant...