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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
Pre-school teacher’s resignation upheld as constructive dismissal & wins her old job back after going for unfair dismissal
Childcare centre Employment A 70-year old woman was hired as a University-Qualified Early Childhood Teacher. She had a contract from March 2014 until January 2019. She was re-hired for the same position on April 2019 until December 2019 when she resigned. The employer was a childcare centre. In January 2019,... Read More
Case background A manager had been employed for two years at a horse farm. She began as a Team rider but was quickly promoted to the position of Farm Manager with a gross annual salary of $50,000. On January 31, 2020, the Farm Manager received an email requesting her to... Read More
A 59-year old national sales and marketing manager had been working for one of the businesses of a family-owned group of businesses since 1991. He worked closely with the two sons of the owner of the businesses who had taken over the business and had a productive working relationship with... Read More
Coronavirus or COVID-19, has changed the way in which most of us do work, including working from home and/or implementing social distancing practices within the workplace. The way in which services are delivered have also changed, whether it be an increased demand in online shopping or changing from dining-in to... Read More
How to deal with your employees if COVID-19 has reduced your income If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, there are some steps that may assist you to manage your cash flow and keep your business viable moving forward. Does your business qualify for JobKeeper? JobKeeper... Read More