March 5, 2019
The Fair Work Commission (‘FWC’) in the decision of Dr Vahid Sedighi Gourabi v Westgate Medical Centre  FWC 1155 decided that a General Practitioner (‘GP’) working at a private medical centre was not covered by a modern award and … read moreComments Off on No Award or Unfair Dismissal Rights for Private Practice GPs
February 14, 2019
In a recent decision of the Federal Court, the court dismissed an appeal by a worker claiming overtime, rest relief penalties and meal allowances resulting from the worker’s two part-time jobs with the one employer. In appealing a decision of … read moreComments Off on Two Jobs, One Boss – What could go wrong?
February 6, 2019
A recent media release from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) serves to remind employers that the stakes are now much higher in terms of ensuring compliance with the record keeping requirements of the Fair Work Act (the Act). The FWO … read moreComments Off on Employee Records – Are you at risk?
January 31, 2019
We are excited to announce that we successfully completed the merger between Livingstones and SHR on 31 December 2018. This is a merger of two highly compatible firms that hold similar values on doing business and providing excellent service for clients. It … read moreComments Off on Livingstones & SHR Group – The start of an exciting new future
January 24, 2019
A full bench of the Fair Work Commission (‘FWC’) has granted a former employee permission to appeal his dismissal for refusing to use biometric finger print scanning to record his attendance at the workplace. The former employee was a casual … read moreComments Off on Full Bench to Determine Whether Finger Print Scanning Is Lawful and Reasonable
December 10, 2018
With the introduction of the labour hire licensing laws, understandably many employers who use labour hire services are compliant and continue to do the right thing. The effects of rogue operators occur across many industries, however particularly notable is the … read moreComments Off on Ensuring Host Labour Hire Compliance
December 6, 2018
*Estimated read time = 5 min. *Short on time? Skip to the 5-Step Model below, then contact me to discuss how I may assist you and your organisation in testing and informing your decisions. Email me -> firstname.lastname@example.org Phone me -> … read moreComments Off on A 5-Step Model for Testing Leaders’ Decisions
November 29, 2018
Wearing the hat of an external Workplace Investigator I often find myself thinking, “Oh dear, why do such otherwise dedicated people put themselves in this situation.” Of course, it is easy for me to think this as I am sitting … read moreComments Off on Avoiding Unnecessary Complaints – Being the ‘Grown Up’ at Work
November 26, 2018
What are ‘Zombie Agreements’? A ‘Zombie Agreement’ is a workplace agreement (you may also know them as Collective or Enterprise Agreement) that was approved in the Federal jurisdiction before the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) took effect. The old agreements … read moreComments Off on Are you reliant on a ‘Zombie Agreement’?
October 29, 2018
We would like to remind our clients, operating in Victoria that the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) assented on 15 May 2018 is coming into effect on 1 November 2018. The new Act provides an earlier access to … read moreComments Off on Commencement of the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) – Are You Ready?