09/12/2016HR Infrastructure, Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues, Safety

Work Christmas parties are a chance for employees to let their hair down, celebrate their achievements from the past working year, and it can also be a great chance for your employees to bond. However, although the work Christmas party can be fun, it can also be fraught with dangers. Such dangers...

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10/10/2016Franchising, Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues, Legislation

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash recently launched the new Migrant Worker Taskforce , saying that the taskforce would bolster the Government's efforts to crack down on employers seeking to take advantage of migrant workers and deliver on its pre-election commitment to better protections for all...

11/08/2016Discrimination/EEO, Legislation

Note - there are a variety of factors to consider, including possible significant impacts on your workers' compensation premiums as well as multiple remedies available to dismissed workers. Always seek specific advice before acting. Our workers' compensation specialist partner, Warren Saunders...

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06/04/2016Discrimination/EEO, Legislation

Reports for the 2015/16 reporting period under the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) legislation are due between 1 April 2016 and 31 May 2016. For the 2015/2016 reporting period, several changes have been made to the reporting requirements. The changes to the reports due in 2016 affect the...

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25/02/2016Workplace Stress, Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues, Legislation

Recent cases awarding large sums for compensation and damages to employees serve as a warning to employers of the irreparable damage these legal claims can cause. A large penalty could not only cause significant time and financial loss, but can also cause irredeemable damage to the employer’s brand...

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19/08/2015Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues

We were approached in recent years by a competitor who operates in the same field as us, with a view to merging our businesses. We were happy to at least discuss the possibility with them. They eventually told us that we didn’t suit their business model, as we were “operating at too high a level”...

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08/07/2015HR Infrastructure, Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues, Legislation

The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) applies to all employers and employees as well as prospective employees – permanent or casual. The Act includes discrimination on the basis of a ‘criminal record’ where an employee is dismissed from employment or denied certain opportunities due...

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01/12/2014Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues

We recently posted a comment on a LinkedIn blog about employer rights to restrict the wearing of jewellery in facial piercings and the display of body tattoos of employees in customer-facing roles whilst at work. We got some responses attacking our opinion (well, really it's my opinion). What do...

03/10/2014Discrimination/EEO, HR Infrastructure, Legislation

What are the new changes? These changes entail additional compliance requirements for large businesses to better support gender equality and diversity in the workplace. This is addressed by the introduction of gender equality indicators (GEIs). GEIs represent the minimum standard and employer must...

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27/02/2014HR Infrastructure, Discrimination/EEO, Legislation

On the 1st of April 2013 the Australian government introduced compulsory reporting requirements for employers as a result of amended gender equality legislation.

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