Managing sick leave back pay

Managing sick leave back pay

A recent landmark Federal Court decision brought forward by the Australian Manufacturing Worker’s Union will now see increased employee rights regarding personal leave, including sick leave back pay. The decision greatly affects both employers and employees and will...

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The Importance of a Code of Conduct

The Importance of a Code of Conduct

A code of conduct sets out the social, ethical and behavioural norms of an organisation. These policies will often set out the expected tone and culture of a workplace, with guiding principles on appropriate behaviour that can range from how an employee is expected to...

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Why Employers Need A Code Of Conduct – A Case Study

Why Employers Need A Code Of Conduct – A Case Study

Here is an example of a ruling that makes clear that employees who make personal or anonymous social media posts which conflict with the obligations or values set out in their workplace code of conduct may be dismissed as a result. On the 7 August the High Court...

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Workplace Investigations: Policies And Practice

Workplace Investigations: Policies And Practice

Investigations can often lead to disciplinary proceedings or termination and, in turn, claims for unfair dismissal. It is important to ensure that they are conducted properly and with regard to all relevant legal standards. Many employers have complaints and workplace...

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Preparing for the Royal Commission into Disability Abuse

Preparing for the Royal Commission into Disability Abuse

Disability service providers should start preparing for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The Royal Commission, established in April 2019, has released its Terms of Reference. These Terms of Reference...

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Attracting Older Workers

Attracting Older Workers

Some time ago, the Victorian State Services Authority anticipated the ageing of the workforce. Analysis and suggestions toward older workers were originally aimed at the State Public Service, but have proved to be valid for older workers in other workplaces as well....

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The Fair Work Ombudsman Draws Fire For Uber Judgement

The Fair Work Ombudsman Draws Fire For Uber Judgement

For the last two years, the Fair Work Ombudsman's office headed by Sandra Parker has been investigating the relationship between Uber and its drivers. The result has caused surprise in several quarters, seeing that her final statement read as follows: "The weight of...

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Do These Employment Law Updates Affect You?

Do These Employment Law Updates Affect You?

With the ever-changing terrain surrounding Australian businesses and their specific industries, employers and employees should be aware of recent Employment Law updates that have been made effective in the new financial year. These changes include increased salary...

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Is your workplace complaints procedure legally compliant?

Is your workplace complaints procedure legally compliant?

You should review prior complaints by clients, families and staff and ensure your workplace complaints procedure is legally compliant in the lead up to the Disability Royal Commission The Royal Commission has been charged with investigating violence, abuse and neglect...

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Minimum Wage Increase In Modern Awards

Minimum Wage Increase In Modern Awards

In May this year the Fair Work Commission held its annual review of wages, in which it was decided on a minimum wage increase of 3%. Whilst you likely heard that the increase would apply to the National Minimum Wage, most workers actually have their minimum rate of...

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