Following on from the introduction of a Compulsory Vaccine Policy introduced by SPC and the updated guidance from the Fair Work Ombudsman QANTAS have decided to take a monumental step in introducing a compulsory vaccination policy for all staff. Their frontline workers such as pilots and cabin crew will need to be vaccinated by 15 November 2021 and the…

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A number of consultants, advisors, accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches have asked us recently about termination of employment.  In particular, what are some of the issues to understand so that Employer’s risk and liability can be mitigated and even dissipated. 1. Unfair Dismissal Risk For many advisors there is an understanding of unfair dismissal and…

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The rise of workplace bullying, unfair dismissal and general protections claims in the Fair Work Commission is not surprising considering the current economic and business climate. Managers and supervisors gaining an understanding of what is reasonable management action done in a reasonable way must be learned and trained – organisations and employers need to seriously…

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As we all know the primary remedy for an unfair dismissal claim is reinstatement. A recent unfair dismissal decision against a manufacturing food processor led to reinstatement of the employee in the Fair Work Commission. In the decision of Whitfield v Primo Foods Pty Ltd [2021] FWC 2729 (13 May 2021) (Primo Foods Case) the…

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A general protections claim is one application an Employer does not want to receive.  Ask any employer lawyer, human resources manager or employee relations specialist and when it comes to employment law – a general protections claim are difficult to traverse.  In previous articles we have wrote about: When You Get It Wrong, 3 Mistakes…

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As directors, business owners and those with key decision making responsibilities the management of staff comes with several difficult issues involving personal liability of directors.  Underpayment of wages is one major factor and a number of clients have sought advice from NB Lawyers – lawyers for employers on undertaking an audit of the wages paid…

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