Whistle Blower Fairly Dismissed

Whistle Blower Fairly Dismissed

The Fair Work Commission has ruled an employee was fairly dismissed by Essential Energy after her post-traumatic stress condition left her unable to perform her job. The employee, of nearly 10 years, was a risk and business continuity manager, who had researched...
Are You Obligated To Pay Workers Compensation For Contractors?

Are You Obligated To Pay Workers Compensation For Contractors?

If a contractor is injured at your workplace what are your obligations for workers compensation? Employers have workers compensation obligations to their employees, as well as some contractors. The eligibility of contractors depends on if they are legally ‘deemed...
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...
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...

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