Will your ‘zero-tolerance policy’ withstand the scrutiny of the Fair Work Commission?

A behaviour that is perfectly acceptable in one workplace may be cause for summary dismissal in another. Take the use of a mobile phone - it’s expected of an office worker, but it is typically forbidden in the context of a food production line. The rulebook was crystal clear in the case of the Fresh [...]

Employee claims $1.8M from boss, ‘Mr Stinky’, for farting – The Law of Workplace Bullying

I was sceptical when an article with a similar headline and a suspicious publication date (April 1st) pedalled its way through social media. In response, I did precisely what one would expect of a mature, inquisitive lawyer- I conducted a search of the Australasian Legal Information Institute, keyword: fart. My search returned a surprising number [...]

Flexible Work Arrangements; Is It OK to Say No?

With many staff returning from family vacations, now is a popular time for employees to make requests for flexible work arrangements in the hope that they can better manage family obligations. An important question that employers may ask is; when is it OK to say no? Per the Fair Work Act 2009, an employer can [...]

2018-01-15T04:51:08+00:00January 15th, 2018|Business Advice, employees, Employment Law|0 Comments

Unfair Contracts

The new unfair contracts legislation came into effect in November of 2016 and will affect hundreds of thousands of business contracts.   Many of the contracts impacted by the legislation are grossly unfair to the small enterprise and contain provisions which enable the larger contracting party to unilaterally change the contract. Where the small business does [...]