Employment & Industrial Relations
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 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
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?
October 22, 2018
There have been two recent decisions in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) concerning flexible working arrangements, particularly in relation to an employer’s obligations when refusing a flexible work request from an employee. Currently under section 65 of the Fair Work … read moreComments Off on Right To Refuse Flexible Work Request
August 27, 2018
How does your company accrue and pay personal leave? Two recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decisions have raised questions around the correct accrual and payment of personal leave under the National Employment Standards (NES). Both decisions have implications for employers … read moreComments Off on How does your company accrue and pay personal leave?
July 2, 2018
I recently had cause to become involved in an enterprise bargaining matter. I say ‘bargaining’, but to be honest, there was not much bargaining involved. A more accurate reflection of the process was that the union offered the employer a … read moreComments Off on Enterprise Bargaining – The Devil is in the Detail
June 1, 2018
The Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel has awarded a 3.5% increase to the national minimum wage and the minimum wages within Modern Awards. Accordingly, from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018, all Modern Award minimum … read moreComments Off on FWC delivers a 3.5% increase to Modern Award minimum wages