Employee Relations

  • Greens introduce bill to enforce flexible work conditions

    Employer advocacy groups have expressed concerns about a new bill introduced to parliament by the Greens, which if passed, will allow employees the right to complain to Fair Work Australia (FWA) if their request for flexible hours is denied by their employer.

  • Social networking and the workplace

    Practical jokes, skylarking at work and workplace gossip have always been around, but with the advent of social media, such behaviour is increasingly being played out in a very public arena. Tim Longwill and Peta Shanahan consider the pitfalls of social media and the workplace.

  • Facebook firings: check your social media policies before it’s too late

    The increasing number of complaints brought before Fair Work Australia (FWA) has put increased pressure on employers to get their social media policies in order – and to continually update the procedures to stay aligned with current case law.

  • White-collar drug testing on the rise

    The long boozy lunch may be a thing of the past for employees in some white-collar industries as many Australian businesses, including law firms, IT companies and medical clinics, introduce workplace drug testing.

  • Case highlights lines of appropriate conduct

    The case currently underway in the UK of an HR manager who is claiming he was forced out of his job after being disciplined over his conduct on LinkedIn has set tongues wagging.

  • Double-check you’re not underpaying staff or risk FWO wrath

    An official audit conducted by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has found that more than a quarter of Australian retailers have been underpaying their staff by failing to record their hours and rate of pay correctly.

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