Recent Updates

Recent Updates


No Award or Unfair Dismissal Rights for Private Practice GPs

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Charles Lentini

The Fair Work Commission (‘FWC’) in the decision of Dr Vahid Sedighi Gourabi v Westgate Medical Centre [2019] FWC 1155 decided that a General Practitioner (‘GP’) working at a private medical centre was not covered by a modern award and … read more

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Two Jobs, One Boss – What could go wrong?

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Tim Davey

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 more

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Employee Records – Are you at risk?

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Tim Davey

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 more

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Livingstones & SHR Group – The start of an exciting new future

General
Posted on by Nadia Taylor

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 more

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Full Bench to Determine Whether Finger Print Scanning Is Lawful and Reasonable

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Charles Lentini

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 more

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Ensuring Host Labour Hire Compliance

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Ethan Edwards

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 more

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A 5-Step Model for Testing Leaders’ Decisions

Organisational Advisors & Psychologists
Posted on by Isaac Baker

*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 -> ibaker@livingstones.com.au Phone me -> … read more

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Avoiding Unnecessary Complaints – Being the ‘Grown Up’ at Work

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Tim Davey

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 more

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Are you reliant on a ‘Zombie Agreement’?

Employment & Industrial Relations, Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Ethan Edwards

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 more

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Commencement of the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) – Are You Ready?

Employment & Industrial Relations
Posted on by Olga Murphy

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 more

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