Employment law & Industrial relations

  • Good day at the office for HR at Qantas by Stephanie Zillman

    Fair Work has released its tensely awaited ruling in the Qantas industrial dispute, largely finding in favour of the airline. The judgment is a significant win and the findings will have important flow-on effects.

  • All’s not fair in text messages and employment contracts by Stephanie Zillman

    The decision of the former Health Services Union national president to quit via text message earlier this week is a reminder for employers that text message communication in employment contracts isn’t a two-way street.

  • Employer's vicarious liability: unauthorised acts of employees by Stephanie Zillman

    Is an employer liable if an employee hits another employee out of boredom? A decision by the Victorian Court of Appeal highlights this largely uncertain area of law.

  • Carer's leave dismissal shines spotlight on adverse action claims by Stephanie Zillman

    The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting a company following the dismissal of an employee who took carer’s and compassionate leave. Adverse action claims remain a front-line concern for HR.

  • Industry says FWA review falls short by Stephanie Zillman

    The long-awaited review of the Fair Work Act has been released to a barrage of criticism from the business community, who claim the recommended changes fall short of what is needed.

  • Three strikes is a myth in performance management by Stephanie Zillman

    The days of giving a set number of written warnings prior to a termination are over – what’s important is allowing a reasonable time frame for employees to work through their issues.

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