Company Pays Over $5 Million For Unfair Dismissal

Company Pays Over $5 Million For Unfair Dismissal

The employer of a senior manager who denied his claims of bullying and then unfairly dismissed him has been directed to pay $5 million damages, fines, and compensation. The judge decided the case was an example to deter other employers who may be tempted to dismiss...
Sexual harassment incurs $45,000 payment

Sexual harassment incurs $45,000 payment

A woman was sexually harassed by a delivery courier visiting her work, the payout of $45,000 included $20,000 aggravated damages after the courier sent her threats for having allegedly complained against him when she did not. The courier driver who frequented the...
Risks of Working Alone

Risks of Working Alone

A young worker newly employed has been assaulted during a robbery while working at a 24-hour service station. The worker was alone during the night shift when they were attacked. At 9 pm three men entered the service station separately and waited until other customers...
Record Number of Quad Bike Deaths

Record Number of Quad Bike Deaths

Farmsafe Australia has reported a record number of deaths for quad bikes this year, with 16 people dying in quad bike accidents and another 50 being injured. This record number of deaths may be due to more farm activity around harvest and more family and friends being...
Safety Alert: Station Hands Riding Horses

Safety Alert: Station Hands Riding Horses

A safety alert has been issued after incidents involving station hands riding horses without helmets. Not all cattle stations ensure station hands wear helmets when riding horses despite industry promotion. Riders instead wear cooler wide brimmed felt hats for comfort...
Human Resources and Farming

Human Resources and Farming

The Australian Agricultural sector, in particular, broad acre farming has changed considerably over the last 10 years. Family farms are now large entities that require a larger skill set than ‘just operating a tractor.’ Farmers are business men and women who now have...
Performance Management Done Right

Performance Management Done Right

A Nokia employee has lost an unfair dismissal claim finding performance management processes were correctly implemented. The 60-year-old Nokia employee supervised a telephone exchange site and had been employed for six years. Nokia received several complaints about...
Hospital Fined After a Nurse was Attacked

Hospital Fined After a Nurse was Attacked

A hospital has been fined for failing to protect the health and safety of a nurse who was violently attacked by a patient while working. The psychiatric nurse was working in the secure extended care unit ward of a Melbourne hospital when a patient experiencing...
Company Fined for 2016 Dreamworld Deaths

Company Fined for 2016 Dreamworld Deaths

Ardent Leisure, Dreamworld’s parent company have been fined $3.6 million after the deaths of four people on the Thunder River Rapids Ride in 2016. The company was found guilty of three breaches of workplace health and safety laws with a maximum penalty of $4.5...
Fired for a Facebook Post

Fired for a Facebook Post

An employee who posted a photo of his son on a company forklift was dismissed by his employer who saw the post on Facebook. The Fair Work Commission ruled there was a valid reason for dismissal however the employee should have been dismissed on notice and summary...

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