The issue of mandatory vaccines or compulsory vaccinations has become a significant issue for Employers.  There have been some mixed messages coming out from the media and keeping up to date with changes from Government mandates can be difficult. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) Full Bench decision has…

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NB Lawyers – Lawyers for Employers successfully defended an unfair dismissal application[2] (the Application) on behalf of one of our valued clients, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The operations of the Sanctuary, like many other businesses, were impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, the reduction in the number of tourists attending the Sanctuary required it to take certain steps…

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Sharing details of a complaint made by an employee or having a manager react to a complaint angrily is a recipe for disaster – the case of Lamont v University of Queensland (No 2) [2020] FCA 720 demonstrates this. It started when the applicant (an academic) made a complaint about a Professor due to their harassing…

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A manufacturing factory worker with 37 years of exceptional service (with only 1 warning) engaging in misconduct would maybe expect to be given some slack by the Fair Work Commission. However, most if not all manufacturing workplaces will not and cannot accept behaviour and conduct that is: Aggressive Disrespectful Abusive words Lack of contrition or…

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There are so many issues to consider in the current environment and sometimes we can lose track of the small wins. If you are in HR and are currently dealing with an unfair dismissal claim, underpayment of wages issue, breach of contract dispute or workplace bullying claims understandably there is a lot to digest. There…

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While this may come as a surprise to some employers, there are in fact some circumstances where an employee’s resignation may be deemed a dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act).  In a matter before the Fair Work Commission (FWC), (Christine Sandra Becker -v- Greater Bank Limited [2021] FWC 5063) Greater Bank Limited (Employer) defended an unfair dismissal claim brought by a…

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