Workplace Issues

Redundancy- What is it? What are my entitlements? What are my obligations?

What is a Redundancy? A redundancy is considered a ‘no fault termination’ because it does not arise as a result of any personal act or default by an employee. An employee’s termination will be characterised as a redundancy where is occurs by reason of the employer no longer wishing the job or position to be …

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COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate – SPC

On the 5 August 2021, well-known Australian fruit and vegetable processing company SPC has announced that it will mandate the COVID-19 vaccination for all staff. The mandate has been introduced following the latest Delta outbreak in which the SPC Chairman Hussein Rifai has announced that, whilst the company had implemented very strict COVID-19 control protocols, …

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What can I do if I am being bullied at work?

Before you can take any legal steps to address the behaviour of a bully, you must first be sure that the behaviour is in fact considered bullying. What is Workplace Bullying? A relatively simple definition of bullying can be found in section 789FD(1) of the Fair Work Act. A worker is bullied at work if: …

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A series: COVID-19 Vaccine – Can my employer force me to get it? (part 2)

The absence of a legal requirement does not mean that people will be not receive directions to have the COVID-19 vaccine from employer’s and other areas in society. Pursuant to Workplace Health and Safety laws, an Employer has an obligation to provide a safe workplace and employees have obligations to assist their Employer in maintaining …

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Food Allergy Sufferers Unite!

CALLING ALL FOOD ALLERGY AND ANAPHYLAXIS SUFFERERS! Recently the Commonwealth Government announced a parliamentary inquiry into allergic diseases. This parliamentary inquiry will be undertaken the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport and will provide the opportunity for a thorough investigation into the challenges around allergic disease management in Australia. The inquiry is now …

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Could Social Media Could Effect The Outcome Of My Case?

It is now a social norm to post about your life and share your opinions and stories on social media platforms, particularly Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Unfortunately, placing your life, private affairs and images in the public arena is risky business. The growing dominance of social media in society now means that the content posted …

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Are your causal employees really casual?

WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 What’s the case all about? A recent Full Federal Court (‘Court’) decision may have major implications for employers and labour hire companies who rely on a casual workforce.   Mr Paul Skene accepted an offer of casual employment from WorkPac Pty Limited (‘WorkPac’) and worked for two …

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Have you been unfairly dismissed?

Unfairly dismissed. This is a term that can get thrown around quite easily, but what does it actually to mean to be ‘unfairly’ dismissed? Adams & Partners Lawyers have extensive experience representing workers who have been unfairly dismissed and can advise you whether you may have been unfairly dismissed from your job and what you …

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Is Your Business Compliant with Australian Workplace Laws?

Developing and maintaining a great workplace culture is underpinned by legal compliance. If workplace laws are not followed, employees will justifiably feel deceived, and be unmotivated to do the job. As an employer, it is essential your business remains up-to-date and compliant with constantly evolving employment laws and practices. The Fair Work Ombudsman has the …

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The Importance of a Good Bullying and Harassment Policy

Companies in Australia owe a duty to provide a safe working environment free from bullying and harassment. This applies to not only employees, but anyone who has a relationship with your company. Workplace bullying is defined by Safe Work Australia as ‘the repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers …

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