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Employment by labour hire company on a job-share scheme A 64-year-old Coal Mine Operator was deployed by a labour hire company at an open cut coal mine in central Queensland. The operator lived in New South Wales and he operated a Haul Truck on two “swings” which meant he worked... Read More
The question of whether or not employers can mandate that their employees be vaccinated, has been the subject of a number of recent decisions by the Fair Work Commission, and is of increasing relevance as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic. Jennifer Kimber v Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care... Read More
On 27 March 2021, the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 came into effect, amending the operation of casual employment under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Fair Work Act). Summary of Recent Changes Recent changes to the Fair Work Act have: created a... Read More
A teacher was employed by a college on 25 January 2013 to teach maths and chemistry and for some time, was also the head of the musical theatre productions for the school as part of his co-curricular work. Parents complained about theatre teacher hugging students On occasion, during theatrical productions,... Read More
Teacher was promoted to Lead Educator A teacher was hired in 2006 by a not-for-profit childcare and early learning centre in Brisbane. The childcare company had 671 childcare centres with 17,500 staff across Australia. The teacher held various roles throughout her employment: Director, Group Leader. The position the teacher held... Read More
Casual employment as swim instructor A swimming school, called Swimmers, in Victoria competed with three other swim schools in their area and they were open at the same time as public schools. The school had hired a 19-year-old swimming instructor on a casual basis sometime in 2017. Although permitted to... Read More
Contravening a modern award makes employer liable for payment of backpay to underpaid employees and civil penalties
Contravening a modern award makes employer liable for payment of backpay to underpaid employees and civil penalties Case background The three employers all owned and operated fast food stores and employed about 30 employees. The employees they hired were classified as adult and junior employees. Those employees were covered by... Read More
Repeated instances of inappropriate, unprofessional conduct and neglect of duties found to be valid reasons for termination
Repeated instances of inappropriate, unprofessional conduct and neglect of duties found to be valid reasons for termination Case background The employer was a telecommunications firm that provided telecommunications infrastructure, maintenance and operational support for their customers which were mobile phone service providers. The employees of the telecommunications firm worked closely... Read More
Secretly recording disciplinary meetings with your manager is a valid cause for dismissal Case background A casual sales assistant was hired and began work on 25 June 2018. Among her duties were assisting customers, making sales, replenishing stock and engaging in customer service. Until January 2019, the employer had no... Read More
Pecuniary penalty awarded to employee made to do unpaid “dips” before a shift Case background The employer operated a petrol station and retail store. The employee was a foreign student who was hired as a trainee console operator. He was paid less than $20/hour. His shift was from midnight until... Read More
Refusing a pregnant employee’s return to work – an adverse action prejudicial to employment for which employer meted civil penalty
Refusing a pregnant employee’s return to work – an adverse action prejudicial to employment for which employer meted civil penalty Case background The employer was a gourmet food distributor and it hired a sales executive full-time to visit customers to solicit orders. Her duties included driving for extended periods to... Read More
Coughing in co-employee’s face is a valid reason for dismissal Case background A catering assistant worked part-time at an aged care facility that had 121 elderly residents who were either receiving palliative care or considered in a high-risk state of health. He had been working at the aged care facility... Read More