Employment law & Industrial relations

  • WHS checklist: Make sure you are complying with the new codes of practice by

    Even though businesses and individuals who do not comply with the 1 Jan 2012 harmonisations of the new WHS laws face harsh penalties, many businesses are ill-prepared and have not properly addressed the legislative changes.

  • Serve alcohol responsibly or risk liability by

    Mixing alcohol and employees often results in a headache for HR and employers – serving alcohol at work functions can be akin to running a gauntlet because irresponsible service of alcohol can result in a minefield of potential litigation.

  • Dismantling WorkChoices was Gillard’s baby; Same fate for Fair Work under Abbott? by

    Gillard’s victory in today’s leadership spill may have settled one leadership question, but as the calls for an early election grow louder amid all-time polling lows for the Labor government, HR is left to deliberate would happen to industrial relations under an Abbott-led collation government?

  • “Make it easier to sack workers”: Vic Premier Baillieu by

    Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has called on the Fair Work Act review panel to make it easier for employers to sack under-performing workers, and the state government has backed their leader in his calls to reduce the scope for legal action by dismissed employees.

  • Major players warn Fair Work allows “unreasonable demands” by

    Formal submissions to the Fair Work review from some of Australia’s biggest corporations have called for extensive amendments to the federal workplace laws amid growing concerns of industrial relations action and the power of unions.

  • Flexibility opens up untapped talent pool by

    What can HR do when the calibre of talent walking through the door continues to rate below par? Think laterally – don’t get them to walk through the door at all.

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