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Publication - 11 Nov 19

The current fires in New South Wales and Queensland are a timely reminder for employers to review their business arrangements for responding to such crises, particularly in workforce management, and ensuring that they have a plan in place to deal with the aftermath.  In this eBulletin, we provide some guidance on... Read More

Publication - 07 Nov 19

The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board, United Firefighters Union of Australia, Operational Staff Agreement 2016 (Agreement) was approved on 18 February 2019. The Agreement survived a series of challenges, most recently, an application by the Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations for a review of its approval by... Read More

Publication - 16 Oct 19

In an ironic turn of events, a poorly implemented and followed performance improvement plan (PIP) has resulted in an employer having to pay $205,342 to an employee who brought a successful adverse action claim in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Read More

Publication - 13 Sep 19

Can you sack an employee for expressing their political opinions? The answer is not clear cut, but if that expression constitutes breach of policy or failure to follow a lawful and reasonable direction, it is likely that you can show that employee the door.... Read More

Publication - 09 Sep 19

Termination of employment by text message found to be "unconscionably undignified", even for small businesses Two recent decisions from the Fair Work Commission serve as a warning to employers that advising employees via text message that their employment has been terminated is rarely appropriate or considerate.... Read More

Publication - 16 Aug 19

The outcome of this case could impact nearly two million public servants across the country. In one corner, we have the 27-year-old constitutionally implied right to freedom of political communication. And in the other corner, the challenger, we have the Australian Public Service (APS) Code of Conduct. Who wins the fight?... Read More

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