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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A manufacturing factory worker with 37 years of exceptional service (with only 1 warning) engaging in misconduct would maybe expect to be given some slack by the Fair Work Commission. However, most if not all manufacturing workplaces will not and cannot accept behaviour and conduct that is: Aggressive Disrespectful Abusive words Lack of contrition or…

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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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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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NB Lawyers is seeing a general upward trend of employee resignations due to workplace conflict.NB Lawyers provides practical workplace relations and employment law legal advice to Employers. NB Lawyers Special Counsel, Jonathan Mamaril says that the trend can be mostly attributed to three issues:

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