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About Charles Lentini

Charles combines his passion for delivering successful outcomes with his extensive experience in both the public and private sector to provide tailored and practical Industrial Relations solutions. He has a calm, methodical and diligent approach to solving complex issues which allows him to analyse each issue logically and instill confidence in his clients.

No Award or Unfair Dismissal Rights for Private Practice GPs

Employment & Industrial Relations
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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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Full Bench to Determine Whether Finger Print Scanning Is Lawful and Reasonable

Employment & Industrial Relations
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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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Pitfalls with Extending Probationary Periods

Human Resources & Relationships
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From time to time employers ask the question, can I extend an employee’s probationary period? There are many reasons for this but a common reason is to give the employee a further opportunity for improvement rather than dismissal for not … read more

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Social Media, Work Colleagues and Alcohol – Not a Good Mix

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The FWC decision of Luke Colwell v Sydney International Container Terminals Pty Limited [2018] FWC 174 has outlined the parameters for when out of hours social media use has a relevant connection to the workplace in cases of sexual harassment. … read more

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Full Bench Amends Casual and Part-time Employment Award Conditions

Human Resources & Relationships
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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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Reduction of Casual Employee’s Shifts Results in Unfair Dismissal

Employment & Industrial Relations
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The Fair Work Commission (’the FWC’) in Roxana Balgowan v City of Sydney RSL & Community Club Ltd [2017] FWC 3798 recently ordered the employer to pay $13,566.00, the equivalent of 16 weeks pay, as compensation to a casual employee … read more

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Youth Jobs PaTH Program – An Opportunity for Hospitality Employers…with a catch

Employment & Industrial Relations
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The Australian Government has introduced the Youth Jobs PaTH program, which assists young people to obtain workplace skills and paid employment. Employers that can provide internship and employment opportunities can earn valuable incentives but need to understand the conditions to … read more

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