38 hours a week – with the overwhelming tide of flexibility, wage rises and work from home permeating in the workplace national employment standards make it clear that ordinary hours of work consist of only 38 hours per week. However, in many industries, salaried positions and for non-award covered employees the requirement to work “reasonable…

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A 62 year old with 42 years of service with the City of Sydney Council challenged his dismissal which cost him (amongst other things) a $70,000 entitlement.  The Commission however found in favour of the Council citing the safety breaches had potential consequences for “catastrophic and avoidable” injuries. In Hamlin v City of Sydney Council [2021] NSWIRComm…

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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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Cannery manufacturing processor SPC has become the first Australian business outside of the prime areas of Aged Care, Child Care and Health to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff and visitors. We have already provided guidance and viewpoints on this particular topic in the articles Will Directing An Employee To Take The Vaccine Be Held…

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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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We have discussed at length in two articles Can Australian Employers Force An Employee To Get Vaccinated? 3 Considerations From An Employment Lawyer and COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Coming – What Now? 5 Questions For Australian Employers To Consider whether an Employer can direct an employee to get the COVID-19 vaccination for workplace purposes. In the…

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