Employment Age Discrimination In WA

Employment Age Discrimination In WA

CoreStaff WA a labour-hire recruitment service has been found to have discriminated against a worker because of his age. A qualified 70-year-old man applied for a grader operator role in 2018 with CoreStaff. The application was forwarded to a Gumala Enterprises, a...
Underpayment Of Farm Workers

Underpayment Of Farm Workers

A labour-hire company has been penalised $22,440 after underpaying 80 workers on a Queensland mushroom farm. Eighty workers were underpaid a total of $78,664 over eight months during 2014 on the mushroom farm in Stapylton. The penalty is delivered by the Federal Court...
Proceed With Caution: Changing Employment Conditions

Proceed With Caution: Changing Employment Conditions

Varying the work conditions of employees without their consent to offset financial struggle exposes employers to the risk of class actions.  A Federal Court decision confirms that a reduction in employees’ conditions of employment without consent can make them...
Worker Fired For Refusing A Drug Test

Worker Fired For Refusing A Drug Test

A truck driver who refused to provide a urine sample for a drug and alcohol test was terminated from Tasmanian Freight Services, trading as Tasfreight. The employee appealed this decision claiming the dismissal was harsh and unreasonable however, the Fair Work...
ABC Enters An Enforceable Undertaking With Fair Work Ombudsman

ABC Enters An Enforceable Undertaking With Fair Work Ombudsman

The ABC has joined the list of Australian companies who have admitted to underpaying approximately 2,000 current and former casual employees between October 2012 and February 2019. The underpayments are due to some casual staff members being paid a flat hourly rate...
Child Saftey On Farms

Child Saftey On Farms

For children, the farm is an adventurous and exciting place to play, with lots of hiding places and makeshift play equipment. However, farms present hazards not found in urban homes that can lead to a child’s serious injury or tragic fatality. Research has found that...
First Industrial Manslaughter Conviction In Australia

First Industrial Manslaughter Conviction In Australia

A Queensland company Brisbane Auto Recycling has been the first in Australia to be convicted of industrial manslaughter. Brisbane Auto Recycling was convicted of category one offences under the Queensland Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the company was fined $3...
Casual Worker Entitled To Long Service Leave

Casual Worker Entitled To Long Service Leave

There is a common misconception that casual employees are not entitled to long service leave.  Casual employees can be long-serving and have continuous employment, even though they may not work every week. This was confirmed by a recent case heard in the Industrial...
Managing Mental Health In The Workplace

Managing Mental Health In The Workplace

ProcessWorx acknowledges that business owners and employees may be experiencing increased anxiety, distress, and concern during these unprecedented times. Stressful circumstances can lead to mental health challenges for employees and business owners. However, 50% of...
When Is It Acceptable To Stand Down Employees?

When Is It Acceptable To Stand Down Employees?

Due to COVID-19 standing employees down has become necessary for some employers. Standing down employees involves the employer requiring employees not to work, due to lack of work or enforceable direction. For a stand down to be acceptable under the Fair Work Act 2009...

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