Employment law & Industrial relations

  • Reform bullies or show them the door? by HCA

    HR is sometimes the meat in the sandwich: there’s a need to protect employees from bullying, but also a requirement to provide fairness to the alleged bully.

  • Single complaint triggers $1m in back-pay for Rentokil workers by Astrid Wilson

    Finding a lazy million dollars in the budget for back-pay is the stuff of nightmares – maybe even a Hollywood plotline. But that’s exactly what has happened at one Sydney-based company.

  • HR professionals lack IR skills by Stephanie Zillman

    Do HR professionals have the IR skills required to navigate the complex landscape of industrial disputes? You told us a resounding ‘no’.

  • Fair Work moves on unreasonable claims by HCA

    A significant recently proposed amendment to the Fair Work Act involves an overhaul of the costs provisions.

  • Employer fined $13k for pregnancy discrimination by Stephanie Zillman

    The federal court in Perth has handed down a $13k fine as a lesson to employers: discrimination against pregnant employees will not be dealt with lightly by the courts.

  • Shorten announces unfair dismissal shakeup by Stephanie Zillman

    Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has announced changes to the unfair dismissal laws, which he says will cut down the number of dubious claims made by disgruntled employees.

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