$880,000 paid for unlawful unfair dismissal.

$880,000 paid for unlawful unfair dismissal.

A 60-year-old engineering and operations manager was unlawfully dismissed because his employer was ‘fed up with him’ and he was also accused of being a malingerer. The court heard that the: employee had asked for a pay rise, to be a member of the board and requested...
Industrial Manslaughter 

Industrial Manslaughter 

Do you prioritise safety on your farm? The time to act is now. At ProcessWorx, one of our main objectives is to ensure that our clients are WorkSafe compliant and make safety a priority every single working day. Deaths on farms are becoming far too common, and our aim...
Café accused of paying staff with food instead of money.

Café accused of paying staff with food instead of money.

The operators of a Brisbane café allegedly paid their employees (particularly with reference to visa workers) in food and drink. It is reported that visa holders, including junior workers aged under 21, were paid in meals, desserts and drinks over two periods between...
Shutting down over Christmas?

Shutting down over Christmas?

It’s getting close to Christmas and many companies (including ProcessWorx) observe a shutdown during this period. How employees are paid over the Christmas shutdown period depends on the award/agreement they’re covered by and whether they’re working or on leave. The...
Casual Employees: What you need to know!

Casual Employees: What you need to know!

It is well known that casual employees are essential to the success of farming businesses, particularly for seasonal work.  However, it is also well known that Australian employment legislation can be difficult to understand and comply with.  In our...
$40 Million recovered for workers.

$40 Million recovered for workers.

Fair Work Ombudsman have just revealed their 2018-2019 Annual Report findings, including a significant increase in recovered wages, record visits to Fair Work Ombudsman resources and firm enforcement of workplace laws. 18,000 underpaid employees equaled $40 million in...
Underpayment costs $2.3 Million.

Underpayment costs $2.3 Million.

Between 2010 and 2016, Sunglass Hut failed to pay correct wages to 620 staff across Australia. The Fair Work Ombudsman found Sunglass Hut to be in breach of the General Retail Industry Award, and as a result has had to pay $2,294,496 in overtime wages, with individual...
How do you manage your performance improvement plans?

How do you manage your performance improvement plans?

How do you manage your performance improvement plans? A Federal Court decision delivered on 26 August 2019 has shown that the inappropriate use of a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) can be devastating. There is absolutely no doubt that a PIP is a fair and effective...
Worker safety is priority in Western Australia. 

Worker safety is priority in Western Australia. 

Western Australia premier Mark McGowan said safety was on of his highest priorities and has launched $12.9 million initiative to protect workers through new workplace safety laws and safety initiatives. WorkSafe have employed an additional twenty-four full-time...
The Farmer who lived. 

The Farmer who lived. 

The Farming industry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in and it’s not often we hear a positive end to such a dangerous scenario in relation to accidents on farms in Australia. According to Safe Work Australia, 3,414 workers have died from 2003 to 2016,...

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