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You can have your chocolate and your personal leave too!

Pursuant to section 96(1) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act), permanent employees are entitled to 10 days paid personal/carer’s leave each year. For a standard 38 hour working week, this equates to 10 days of personal/carer’s leave at 7.6 hours per day.    
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High Court free speech ruling will impact public servants, but how will it affect the rest of us?

With the demise of the master/servant relationship in the employment sphere 120 years ago, surely our private opinions are no longer owned by our employers.  In the privacy of our own garret, we must be free to pen our most impassioned feelings.  And if not obviously published in a manner that connects such ruminations to our employer, surely we must be free from consequence?  
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Money, money, money...

Employees who are covered by an award will have their award base rates increased by 3% with effect from the first pay period starting 1 July 2019. The FWC’s pay guides have the current minimum pay rates for full-time, part-time and casual employees in an award, so be sure to check again for the soon to be published 2019-20 pay guide rates.  
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Unfair dismissal and your finger’s right to privacy

The pressures on employers are vice-like, how do you comply with requirements of the Fair Work Act to keep accurate attendance records to ensure correct pay, without monitoring employee attendance accurately?
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The What and the Where – Some Short facts about Sexual Harassment law in Australia

Modern businesses reject the notion that sexual harassment in the workplace is acceptable. However, confusion about what legally constitutes workplace sexual harassment under Australian law continues and might inadvertently lead to inappropriate behaviour, resulting in claims against employers and individuals.
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Accommodating difference - discrimination in schools and universities: what reasonable adjustments does the law require?

Access to Education is considered a basic human right and education providers across Australia strive to support students of all abilities. Unfortunately, issues continue to arise where students believe they have not been adequately accommodated and subsequently initiate action against a service provider.
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Eye in the sky – Drones, employees and surveillance

If your work place involves a large site, the use of a drone can be a way monitor many types of risks. 
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Company directors and officers beware – Imprisonment for WHS breaches a reality

The risk of officers and workers being imprisoned for breaches of WHS legislation has been a possibility for many years but is now becoming a reality.
  • 4 Mar 2019

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Did the Deed Discriminate? – Short facts about Discrimination law in Australia

Modern approaches to discrimination acknowledge that people are legally entitled to equitable treatment.
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Discrimination Policies – Implementation is as important as Intent

Discrimination and harassment are currently under a worldwide spotlight and a significant issue with workplaces and service delivery organisations, including education providers
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Discrimination - the Data and the Gaps

There is a genuine drive by Australian employers to improve responses to discrimination and harassment within their workplace and broader client environment.
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There are good reasons to always provide reasons for terminating employment

If no reasons for terminating an employee’s employment are given then the employer is exposed  to a finding that the real reason was a prohibited reason under the Fair Work Act.
  • 11 Jan 2019

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Christmas comes early: Casual Loading Offset Regulation 2018 passed

Yesterday, in response to the decision in Workpac v Skene (the Workpac Decision),[1] the Government brought into effect the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulation 2018 (the Regulation).  
  • 19 Dec 2018

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…If it quacks like a duck – Fair Work Commission rules on Foodora and employment relationships

A recent Seminar I presented, Dancing with the Gig economy – Risk, liability and responsibility in the modern workplace, drew the attention of insurers and business leaders to the inherent structural risks embedded in the emerging gig or share economy.
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Modern Slavery: the implications for your business

NSW has passed the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (the NSW Act) and the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) (the Cth Bill) has passed the House of Representatives and will now go before the Senate.  
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