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Qantas mask mandate found to be lawful and reasonable
Insight 25 Nov 2021

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently decided that Qantas' management of a flight attendant who failed to follow a mask mandate was lawful and reasonable, and that she was not constructively dismissed when required to comply with Qantas' directions. ...

Director ID: do you need to apply?
Insight 25 Nov 2021

The Director Identification Number (DIN) initiative under part 9.1A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) has commenced operation through the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS). Unless exempt, directors need to apply for a DIN within the required timeframe to avoid penalty. ...

Feeling the heat: labour hire company discriminates against worker because of age-related assumptions
Insight 25 Nov 2021

A labour hire company and prospective host company have been found to have contravened the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) by discriminating against a job applicant due to age-related assumptions about the employee's ability to work in hot conditions. ...

Fair Work Ombudsman's enforcement activity on the rise
Insight 25 Nov 2021

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recently released its Annual Report for 2020-21, providing insights into its enforcement work over the last financial year and its goals for the year ahead. ...

Employer defence rejected after meeting caused psychological injury
Insight 25 Nov 2021

A recent decision of the New South Wales Personal Injury Commission (Commission) highlights the importance of ensuring employers give employees adequate time to prepare for a disciplinary meeting. ...

Recap of recent mandatory vaccination cases
Insight 29 Oct 2021

The Fair Work Commission (the FWC) and New South Wales Supreme Court (the NSWSC) have each recently made decisions regarding mandatory influenza and COVID-19 vaccination employment policies. ...

Pick up the pace – poor performer fails to establish negligence
Insight 29 Oct 2021

The New South Wales District Court has rejected a worker's negligence claim, finding that his supervisor's repeated requests for him to hurry up did not amount to bullying or a breach of the employer's duty of care. ...

High Court denies academic million-dollar compensation award but protects intellectual freedom
Insight 29 Oct 2021

The High Court dismissed an appeal by Dr Peter Ridd, a former academic of James Cook University (the university), upholding his dismissal but recognising the protection of his intellectual freedom. ...

Loaded rates approved under Hospitality Award
Insight 29 Oct 2021

Employers have had the option under the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020 (the Hospitality Award) of paying certain employees a loaded rate in satisfaction of overtime, penalty rates and the split shift allowance since 7 September 2021. ...

Queensland decision highlights importance of considering evidence that supports investigation finding
Insight 29 Oct 2021

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (the Commission) recently found an employer liable for a psychological injury caused by a three-month disciplinary process. ...

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