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Employer's attempt to dismiss controversial employee costs $1.2 million in compensation
Insight 21 Nov 2019

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia awarded a professor more than $1.2 million after his employer, a university, used 'cherry-picked' parts of his writings to justify his dismissal. 1 ...

New superannuation opt-out for high income earners
Insight 21 Nov 2019

From 1 January 2020, individuals who have more than one job may be able to opt out of receiving super contributions from all of their employers. ...

Reputation on the line: the importance of getting award compliance right
Insight 21 Nov 2019

With talk of wage theft becoming a criminal offence, this month's Senate approval of a wage and superannuation theft inquiry, and the increasing number of large employers being named and shamed for underpayments, there has never been a more important time for employers to check they are meeting their obligations – including compliance with modern awards. ...

Inherent or relevant: changes in assessing job applicants with criminal records
Insight 21 Nov 2019

The federal law test to assess job applicants with criminal records has changed. It's no longer necessary to show that the criminal record means an applicant is unable to perform the 'inherent requirements' of their role – the question is whether the criminal record is 'relevant' to the role. ...

Make no mistake (lest you are sacked): FWC rules on safety incident dismissal
Insight 21 Nov 2019

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission decided that a crane operator's sacking for a 'significant' safety incident was a fair and proportionate response, despite a working relationship of almost four decades. ...

Biometric scanner dismissal unfair
Insight 11 Sep 2019

In April, we reported on Jeremy Lee being granted permission to appeal after he was dismissed for refusing to use a biometric scanner in the workplace. The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has since decided the dismissal was unfair. ...

Mental health issues not a shield against discipline and dismissal
Insight 11 Sep 2019

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission decided that an employer's decision to dismiss an employee with known mental illness issues was fair. ...

Full Court decides what's in a 'day'
Insight 11 Sep 2019

In a decision with far-reaching implications for employers, the Full Court of the Federal Court has decided that employees who work 12-hour shifts spread over a 36-hour week are entitled to 10 days of their shifts each year for personal/carer's leave. ...

FWC finds dismissal for Facebook post unfair
Insight 11 Sep 2019

The Fair Work Commission recently decided that while an employee's Facebook post breached her employment contract and her employer's social media policy, her dismissal was harsh because it didn't take into account her medical condition, her length of service and the lack of any previous performance issues. ...

New annualised salary requirements to take effect from March 2020
Insight 11 Sep 2019

The Fair Work Commission has finalised its decision in relation to the annualised salary clauses to be inserted into a number of modern awards, with these clauses coming into effect from 1 March 2020 – although many employers are already feeling the impact. ...