To help clarify what employers need to consider when dismissing an employee for using inappropriate language, we’ve put together a handy round-up of cases from the past 12 months in which swearing took centre stage.
Understanding the requirements unions must observe to exercise lawful right of entry under the Fair Work Act is essential for employers who want to ensure they don’t breach their statutory obligations when it comes to union right of entry.
The Federal Court of Australia has determined that a contract services provider’s dismissal of employees did not fall within the ‘ordinary and customary turnover of labour’ exemption from the requirement to make redundancy payments.
In order to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in their workplaces, and respond to allegations appropriately when they arise, employers need to understand exactly what steps they should be taking.
The High Court has handed down a decision with the potential to place considerable pressure on union officials engaging in repeated unlawful conduct exposing them to civil penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
Following a series of conflicting decisions in multiple jurisdictions internationally, the question of whether Uber drivers are ‘employees’ or ‘independent contractors’ has recently been considered by the Fair Work Commission in Australia.
On 6 December 2017, the High Court of Australia handed down two decisions that will have far-reaching consequences for the approach taken in bargaining for enterprise agreements and responding to industrial disputes.
As the year draws to a close and festive cheer begins to spread, the many potential pitfalls of the silly season workplace social calendar are once again rearing their heads. Here’s how to avoid HR ‘Christ-messes’.
A Full Bench of the FWC has provided clear authority on parties’ obligations to comply with preliminary dispute settlement steps under an enterprise agreement in The Australian Workers’ Union v MC Labour Services Pty Ltd .
The Queensland Parliament has passed the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Qld), which introduced new industrial manslaughter laws and other amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld).