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Posted on 24 Aug 2020

Mandatory notifications of COVID-19 cases in workplaces

On 28 July 2020, the Victorian government passed the Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020 (Vic) (the Regulations). These temporary Regulations came into effect on 28 July 2020 and will remain…

Posted on 22 May 2020

Industrial Manslaughter Laws

The Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) as the name suggests, contains extensive provisions aimed at ensuring the health and safety of the workplace. On 1 July 2020, amendments to the…

Posted on 27 Feb 2020

Annualised Salaries – Important New Requirements

New provisions in certain awards take effect from 1 March 2020: will your salary arrangements stand up to scrutiny? On 1 March 2020 important new requirements regarding annualised salaries will come into effect for…

Posted on 26 Nov 2019

Supporting employees through family and domestic violence

As part of the National Employment Standards, employees are now entitled to take up to five days of unpaid leave each year when they are experiencing or dealing with the effects of family and…

Posted on 5 Dec 2018

Can I terminate an employee’s employment once they’ve made false allegations of workplace bullying?

“We have here a classic example of a disgruntled and disaffected employee whose own behaviour was in question deflecting attention from their behaviour by making false allegations against others.” In the case of Ms…

Posted on 20 Jul 2017

Watch this space: Fair Work Commission flags broadening of casual conversion rights

On 5 July 2017 the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued a preliminary determination in relation to the rights for casual employees to convert to permanent employment under 85 modern awards. Some awards, such as…

Posted on 7 Sep 2016

Calculating notice and redundancy entitlements

Casual time now in the mix for calculating notice and redundancy entitlements under Fair Work Act In a decision which could have wide-ranging consequences, a recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair…

Posted on 11 May 2016

Compensation for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

A recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has highlighted the significant damages which can be awarded under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and reinforces the importance of employers having appropriate policies…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Independent Contractors v Employees

It is often a complex question to determine whether an individual undertaking services or work is doing so as an “independent contractor” or whether, in truth, the individual is an “employee” of the organisation…

Posted on 4 Jul 2014

Bullying in the Workplace

Fair Work Act 2009 was amended in 2013 to provide the Fair Work Commission with broad powers to make orders to prevent workplace bullying. Workplace Bullying Bullying, whether in the school yard or at work,…