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It’s bushfire season and hardly a day goes by seemingly without a news story about out‑of‑control bushfires.
Many workplaces have volunteer firefighters in their midst and employers can be unsure of what to do during bushfire season.
Employers need to be across the workplace laws regulating when volunteer firefighters can be absent from work.
An employer who gets it wrong can be faced with an expensive legal claim in the Fair Work Commission.
Summoning an employee to a dismissal meeting is a high stress situation. Get it wrong and an employer can end up facing an expensive unfair dismissal claim.
The June and July period has heralded a number of important changes to workplace laws.
This month we explain the recent increase to monetary penalties under the Fair Work Act, why you should care and what you should do.
For our take on the new change, read on …
The Queensland government has sent shock waves into the ranks of employers in high risk industries with its announcement that a new offence of “negligence causing death” is coming.
For our take on the new workplace death laws, read on…
If you have been tuning into the news media over the past couple of days, you would have picked up reports that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) was about to hand down a decision regarding Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for a number of modern awards. That...
Picture this. It is Monday morning and the phone rings.
You are told that over the weekend one of your employees, whilst a spectator at a sporting event, loudly heckled a star player.
Worse still, the employee then went on to initiate a ‘twitter war’ with the player, who happens to have over 2 million twitter followers.
You find out it is ‘all over the internet’ and the employee’s twitter account identifies him as your employee.
Well, a similar situation confronted an employer this year.
What if it happened to you? What action could you take? Read on to find out…