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EMPLOYMENT UPDATE: Are You Complying with the New Whistleblower Laws?

The revamped federal whistleblower laws commenced on 1 July 2019 and they have some teeth. A whistleblower is an insider or a person related to an organisation who reports misconduct or other inappropriate activity that has occurred within the organisation.  Certain legal protections are provided to whistleblowers and the recent changes have significantly expanded and strengthened the…

Alert: Changes to Retail Industry penalty rates from 1 November 2018

The Fair Work Commission has made changes to some penalty rates in the General Retail Industry Award.  In short, the Commission has increased weekday evening (Monday to Friday after 6pm) and Saturday penalty rates for casuals and has decreased Sunday shiftwork penalty rates for both casuals and permanent employees. The changes will be phased in…

UNDERPAYING EMPLOYEES COST COMPANY OVER $570,000!

The Federal Circuit Court has ordered a company and its Director to pay over $570,000 in penalties and underpayments. Facts: A company has been found to have underpaid 23 employees over a period of eighteen months. Evidence was produced showing that the company decisively sought out young and vulnerable employees. Some of these employees were…

Employment Update – July 2018 – Workplace bullying, performance management, and dismissals being effected “in person”

This month we examine a case which considered the definition of bullying and also commented on what constitutes reasonable performance management. We also briefly look at a case where an employer dismissed an employee by email. What constitutes bullying under the Fair Work Act 2009 The Fair Work Commission recently dismissed an anti-bullying order sought…

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