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    HR/IR New Update 11 June 2014

    Working nine to ... three? Sweden trials a six-hour work day
    The eight hour day may have its origins in Australia, but Sweden is set to take it to the next level – by reducing it to six. Read more...
  2. Mentally healthy workplaces vital to attract and keep the best staff

    Almost half of Australian workers have left a job because it was mentally unhealthy and workplace mental health is ranked second only to pay as the most important factor when choosing a new job, a...
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    HR/IR News Update 6 June 2014

    Fair Work Commission lifts minimum wage by $18.70 per week
    The Fair Work Commission has announced its annual review of the minimum wage, which will directly affect around 1.5 million Australians on...
  4. Good news for employers dealing with sick and injured employees

    Three recent decisions represent good news for employers managing employees who are on long term sick leave.

    Organisations are often unaware of their rights to seek further information from...
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    Is your Super fund ripping you off?

    Australians are paying up to three times more than they should for superannuation. Excessively high fees are seriously damaging their retirement balances and hurting taxpayers, who pay more for...
  6. One in three people struggle to cope at work

    An omnibus survey of 1,200 people across the UK has shown that a third of people struggle to cope at work because of depression, stress or burn out, with 83 per cent of those affected experiencing...
  7. Employers face hefty penalties for not removing known health and safety risks

    A recent decision has highlighted the dire consequences of employers failing to be proactive in detecting and removing known risks to health and safety.

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  8. Long forgotten bullying could come back to haunt you

    The Fair Work Commission has confirmed that bullying which occurred before the new laws took effect on 1 January 2014 can be taken into account by the Commission in determining whether to make an...
  9. Full Federal Court confrims that receivers did not terminate the employment of an executive

    A recent decision of the Full Federal Court handed down in February 2014 being Kilcran, in the matter of Allco Finance Group Limited (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation ) [2014] FCAFC...
  10. Unfair dismissal claim by 457 visa holders fails on jurisdictional grounds

    In a recent decision of Commissioner Bissett of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) in Melbourne on 14 February 2014, Leanne Smallwood failed in an application seeking relief for unfair...
  11. There’s more than one victim in workplace bullying

    There’s no doubt that workplace bullying exists in some businesses, but having the Fair Work Commission manage it rather than employers will only hurt the industry, writes Restaurant and Catering...
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    Comcare: A Sign of Things to Come

    Under the vehicle of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, the Commonwealth Government plans to widen access to the Comcare system for companies doing business...
  13. Three tips to help your business avoid sham contracting

    Businesses are being warned to review their employment arrangements with contractors to ensure they’re not in breach of legal obligations, or risk facing court for sham contracting.

    Holding...
  14. Counsel & coach: 'I deserve a promotion. Should I stay or leave?'

    We put your workplace problems to an employment lawyer and an executive coach.

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  15. The Silicon Valley salary cartel - Google, Apple and others - face multi-billion dollar US antitrust class action

    Ever felt like you don’t get paid enough? Well, for around 60,000 employees of tech giants like Google and Apple, they were oh so right.

    There’s a class action on foot in the US alleging that...
  16. Workplace bullying – past behaviour relevant in Fair Work Commission's new jurisdiction

    The Fair Work Commission's anti-bullying powers came into force on 1 January 2014 (see our previous update here). In a recent decision ( Application by Kathleen McInnes [2014] FWCFB 1440), the Full...
  17. Ambulance communications officer appeals Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to deny her compensation over bullying

    WHEN an ambulance communications officer complained about being bullied she was punished with a warning, a commissioner has been told.

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  18. David and Goliath: the High Court battle looms

    In Australia there has been ongoing controversy as to whether there is implied in all employment contracts a term of mutual trust and confidence imposing behavioural obligations on employers.

    The...
  19. Bullying snakes and ladders: are your managers prepared for the new bullying laws?

    The issue of workplace bullying has been catapulted to the top of the agenda with the recent introduction of anti-bullying provisions in the Fair Work Act.

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  20. Labour hire or legal fiction? Successfully managing labour hire workers

    Businesses using labour hire workers need not be alarmed by recent developments in independent contracting law if they understand the distinction between managing labour hire contractors and other...
  21. What You Need to Know About the New Privacy Law Changes

    Reforms to Australia’s Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)

    What You Need to Know About the New Privacy Law Changes

    Changes to Australia’s privacy law have already taken place. These new changes give the...
  22. Can a change in required skills and competencies make an existent role redundant?

    The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has recently concluded that where an employer wants to increase the skill level of a particular role for operational based reasons, it may do so by making...
  23. Support Persons: Feel free to communicate – just don't advocate

    A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has handed down a decision in Victorian Association for the Teaching of English Inc (VATE) v Debra de Laps [2014] FWCFB 613 (19 February 2014) which clarifies...
  24. FWC’s anti-bullying jurisdiction: Past conduct is relevant

    In this In Brief, we examine the Fair Work Commission (FWC) Full Bench’s decision in Application by Kathleen McInnes [2014] FWCFB 1440 (6 March 2014).

    As well as being the first Full Bench...
  25. Social media defamation the tip of the legal iceberg

    Defamation is only the tip of the iceberg according to lawyers who say social media-related challenges could range from workplace bullying claims to commercial disputes.

    Fairfax Media reported...
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