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Let’s Put It In Writing

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New rules on flexible work arrangements are coming The Fair Work Commission has recently decided on a new model term for flexible work arrangements (FWAs) that it will be seeking to introduce into modern awards in the coming months. The new clause introduces a more structured framework for responding to FWAs. The Commission describes it…

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It Only Takes a Moment: National Safe Work Month

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October is National Safe at Work month, a campaign run by Safe Work Australia to raise awareness of the importance of workplace health and safety in Australian workplaces.    At last count, employment related injuries and illness cost Australia an astounding $61.8 billion every year, and the personal costs can’t be quantified.   The theme…

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Worried about a worker’s mental health? Here’s when NOT to send them to a doctor

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When employers have concerns about an employee’s fitness for work a common response is to stand them down until they have medical clearance to return. The Civil and Administrative Tribunal New South Wales (CATNSW) recently held that an employer who did just this had discriminated against the employee and ordered compensation of $20,000.  The employee,…

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Soap Company In Hot Water

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CCER’s Anthony Micallef explains why Lush’s dirty laundry is a cautionary tale for all employers.   Lush Australia’s recent admission that it had been routinely underpaying its staff shows just how easy it is for organisations – big and small – to get into trouble when their internal infrastructure does not keep pace with changes…

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