Employment law & Industrial relations

  • Legal hot water in giving a bad reference by Elizabeth Barnard

    It’s an HR no-brainer: if an employee was dismissed for poor performance, any subsequent references provided by the organisation should reflect this. Yet legally, it’s not that simple.

  • Misconceived employment arrangement comes with $450k price tag by Stephanie Zillman

    The spotlight has once again been cast on the distinction between independent contractors and employees, following a $450k payout order by the Federal Court.

  • Rumours of return to Work Choices persist by Stephanie Zillman

    The ghosts of IR laws past have been dredged up once again following claims by workplace minister Bill Shorten that Tony Abbott would restore elements of the controversial Work Choices laws if in power.

  • Coffee-break scuffle, employer pays compo by Elizabeth Barnard

    A decision by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has shone the spotlight on the scope of employer liability in cases of employees being injured on coffee breaks.

  • Payroll compliance: Single complaint sparks $206k back-payment by HCA

    Are you adequately auditing your company’s payroll? A single employee complaint has led one national organisation to shell out $206,000 in back-payments – as well as placing public apologies in major newspapers.

  • How far must HR go in redeploying a redundant employee? by Iain Hopkins,Stephanie Zillman

    Think it would be insulting to offer a redundant employee a role with a $40k pay cut? While HR is obliged to do so under unfair dismissal laws, the ball is by no means only in the employee’s court.

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