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Dismissal for sleeping on the job and refusing to engage in subsequent investigation upheld

Employee Relations and Safety Update

Find out more about the latest in Australian workplace and employment law cases and legislation below.

Caught out by the FWO: unpaid parental leave and false documents

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia imposed significant penalties on an employer for failing to pay an employee parental leave and providing false documents to the Fair Work...

Dismissal for sleeping on the job and refusing to engage in subsequent investigation upheld

The Fair Work Commission has uphold a dismissal where an employee repeatedly refused to respond to serious allegations despite being reasonably directed to do so.

Just a casual overhaul of casual employment relationships

The Full Federal Court has, controversially, decided that employees classified as casuals under an industrial instrument may still be permanent employees.

Locked out: no annual leave to accrue during lockout periods

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has confirmed that employees do not accrue annual or long service leave during periods of lockout.

Placing employees on performance improvement plans: bullying in the workplace?

Key takeaways, facts and outcomes from Blagojevic v AGL Macquarie Pty Ltd that employers need to know.

Dismissal for sleeping on the job and refusing to engage in subsequent investigation upheld

The Fair Work Commission has uphold a dismissal where an employee repeatedly refused to respond to serious allegations despite being reasonably directed to do so.

What a whinger! Employee’s complaint about management found to be a workplace right

Thee Federal Circuit Court has taken a broad view of what constitutes a workplace right by awarding an employee $144,570.48 in compensation plus a pecuniary penalty

14 June 2018
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Severe penalties for underpayment of wages

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has imposed significant penalties on employers that have underpaid their employees.

14 June 2018
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Effective management may prevent bullying orders

Employers who can demonstrate they can effectively deal with bullying conduct may avoid bullying orders being made by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

14 June 2018
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What a nuisance: getting interim relief from unlawful picketing

Interim remedies are available to employers who suffer loss from unlawful picketing activities – Yakult Australia Pty Ltd v National Union of Workers & Ors [2018] VSC 151

14 June 2018
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Employers: loss of trust goes both ways

FWC holds that reinstatement can be an untenable proposition when an employee has lost trust in his or her employer (rather than the more common reverse scenario).

14 June 2018
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Cooling-off period: the need for good faith bargaining

FWC determines it will not suspend protected industrial action at the request of the employer, where the employer is not willing to and does not negotiate...

14 June 2018
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