Dr. Scott Morrison (Not to be confused with the Australian Prime Minister) lodged an application for unfair dismissal with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after his employer, Australian National University (ANU) terminated him from his position as Associate Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Institute. Circumstances of the Termination – the case of Scott Morrison v…

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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 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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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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SPC’s recent decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations will likely be a legal test for those Employers outside of Aged Care, Health and Child Care.  It is a test on several fronts but in particular the practical commercial implications of an Employer dealing with snap lockdowns, quarantining and work from home limitations coupled with legitimate health…

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A big announcement was made recently as Brisbane, Queensland, Australia was awarded the right to host the Olympic Games in 2032.  This is an amazing result – with the thoughts of the tourism that it will attract and the world’s best athletes frequenting places like the “Gabba”.  What gets missed out in the conversation is…

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A Council employee was found to have engaged in serious misconduct for amongst other things harassing and being disrespectful to the HR manager.  In the decision of Stamoglou v Banyule City Council [2020] FWC 4722 (15 September 2020) (Banyule Council Case) an employee filed an unfair dismissal claim saying that the Victorian Council that he worked for…

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