Many organisations have particular values and public positions on social issues such as domestic violence, the black lives movement, #metoo campaign, sexuality, racism and vaccinations.  You only have to take a quick glance at Facebook or other similar social media platforms to see that many people have very diverse and in some cases strong opinions…

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Managing performance in the new world post pandemic and vaccination requirements will be a challenge.  There is a lot of commentary about the “great resignation”, work from home flexibility, recruitment and retention.  So when managing performance is raised in an organisation we need to look at it all from this context. The Context Performance management…

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The issue of workplace bullying has become a prevalent situation in workplaces of late especially those dealing with: Under resourced workforces Hard to manage or underperforming staff Lack of new staff coming in (or difficulty recruiting more) Losing key personnel and those in management roles Challenges around vaccination requirements and Government health orders Restrictions around…

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The Fair Work Commission Full Bench decision of Construction, Forestry, Mar­itime, Min­ing and Ener­gy Union & Mr Matthew Howard v Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd T/A Mt Arthur Coal [2021] FWCFB 6059 (BHP Case) saw BHP have their mandatory vaccination direction overturned by the Fair Work Commission.  It is a significant decision in regard to how COVID-19 vaccine policies and directions should…

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As we head into another new year the effects of COVID-19 on the workplace and in particular employment law has been widely felt.  Even for those industries and companies who are seeing growth opportunities now, the initial impact had many in precarious and uncertain positions.  The team at NB Lawyers – lawyers for employers assisted a number of Employers, Human Resources teams, People and…

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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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