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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We ride into 2021 with lockdowns, face masks, UK strains and “your on mute” consistent buzzwords for Employers and the healthcare industry.  Directors, practitioners and office managers may be fielding a lot of questions around legal entitlements and obligations so let’s get an assist from the leader of the Avengers himself, Nick Fury. Principle 1…

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The post pandemic landscape has meant a number of challenges for Employers and HR.  As an Employment Lawyer human resources department ask for assistance on a range of matters. Here are some quick wins for HR for 2021. Tip 1 – Performance Management Training Some companies have seen a spike in productivity and others have…

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We have recently reviewed a decision[1] of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) involving the Southern Midlands Council, Tasmania (the Council) and an animal management employee.  The decision serves as a useful reminder for employers who provide vehicles to their employees to have clear policies in place regarding their usage.   A bit of background on…

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The Coronavirus has had a number of unexpected (and expected) ripple effects in the workplace.–         Pay cuts–         Stand downs–         Redundancy–         Government Assistance and Stimulus packages–         Social Distancing–         Increase in Microsoft teams and Zoom use–         Sourcing a webcam been a bit more difficult–         Who should stay in the office and who should work from home Working from home is not a new phenomenon and…

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