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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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Model Clause for Unpaid Family and Domestic Violence Leave for all Employees

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The Fair Work Commission has unveiled the model clause that will cover the newly created Family and Domestic Violence leave (FDV). The new entitlement is to be included in all modern awards and comes into effect on 1 August 2018. As of that date, employees will be able to take up to five days of…

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Increase to High Income Thresholds for Unfair Dismissal Applications

From 1 July 2018, there will be an increase in the high-income threshold for unfair dismissal applications.   Currently, an employee not covered by an Award or agreement, who earns over $142,000 per year, is not eligible to lodge an unfair dismissal application. This figure will be rising to $145,400 per year.   Aside from…

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