Recent Updates

Recent Updates


FWC decides first arbitrated case under Section 319

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Cheryl-Anne Laird

Section 319 of the Fair Work Act, 2009 (the Act) allows for an application to be made to apply the Enterprise Agreement of the old employer to new employees following a transfer of employment. The normal scheme of the Act, … read more

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What cheesed me off over the festive period?

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Cheryl-Anne Laird

Welcome to 2018, it is my hope that everyone had a wonderful festive season. Many people find the festive season a bit of a challenge and become annoyed at a plethora of different things. Although I don’t want to start … read more

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New Labour Hire licensing laws to commence in April 2018

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Jo Foster

Late last year the Queensland Government passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017.  The enactment of this Bill changes how businesses in Queensland interact with companies who provide labour hire.  The Act comes into effect on 16 April 2018 and … read more

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Full Bench Amends Casual and Part-time Employment Award Conditions

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Charles Lentini

On 12 December 2017, the full bench of the Fair Work Commission issued determinations amending a number of modern awards in relation to casual and part-time employment. In total, eleven Modern Awards were affected, and this included: Fast Food Industry … read more

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Can you be the investigator and the hero?

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Cheryl-Anne Laird

In my last blog I explored the issue of managing emotional responses from interviewees in investigations. Hopefully it provided you with some useful information to make life a little easier when you find yourself interviewing in such circumstances. But, even with … read more

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We are not alone – investigations can take a toll on all parties.

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Cheryl-Anne Laird

In my last blog I looked at some learnings from the international conference of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) that I had the pleasure of speaking at in Los Angeles in early October. One of those learnings was that … read more

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FW Amendment Act 2017 | Protecting Vulnerable Workers

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Ben Cooper

Significant changes to the Fair Work Act came into full effect on Friday, 27 October 2017, with the commencement of the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017. KEY CHANGES Franchisor and Holding Company Liability Responsible franchisors and body … read more

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The Value of Workplace Grievances and Investigations

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Tim Davey

I was talking to a friend recently regarding the merits of workplace grievances.  I was recounting the tale of an employee, let’s call him Peter, who was dismissed from employment on the basis of a mutual loss of trust and … read more

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International learnings from the Association for Workplace Investigators (AWI) conference

Employment & Industrial Relations, Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Cheryl-Anne Laird

I recently attended the AWI conference in Los Angeles. Attendees at the conference were primarily from the United States (U.S.), with a few from Canada and a smaller contingent from Australia. I was a member of an international panel looking … read more

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4 leadership behaviours that actually have an impact on productivity

Organisational Advisors & Psychologists
Posted on by Austin Chu

Having been tasked with writing my first ever blog, I did what most millennials would do: Google.  After a few searches from “How do I write a blog” to refinements such as  “How to lead others”, I was inundated with … read more

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