Access to confidential information is part and parcel of work for many employees especially those working in finance, professional services and technology based businesses.  The ANZ Bank recently dealt with a case where an employee filed an unfair dismissal claim after she was dismissed for: Undertaking an unauthorised celebrity search on the database Doing searches…

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A number of Employers now must consider the COVID-19 vaccination.  In a previous article “Can Australian Employers force an Employee to get vaccinated?”  we answered the question – yes (with some caveats) mainly around:  Inherent requirements of the position   Workplace health and safety obligations  Reasonable and lawful directions  Dealing with objections  Dealing with objections around the inherent requirements of the position and medical grounds.  We…

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The phenomenon of employees taking on “side hustle” projects or secondary projects is nothing necessarily new.  The increase in secondary employment and multiple/diversified income streams has also been given a boost with the onset of COVID-19. A number of Employers have taken to terminating the employment of employees due to secondary employment or side hustle…

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The workplace is going through numerous change, and dismissal of staff members especially more senior staff and more highly paid employees is highly likely.  As rent relief, JobKeeper and Government funding start to end we will start to see a number of organisations make major decisions around executive teams, management and staff. Get these decisions wrong and it could cost a company $5.2 Million!  $5.2 Million!…

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