Workplace Issues

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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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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Employment Law – Update – Increased Penalties for Employer Breach of the Fair Work Act

Introduction 1.   There has been much publicity recently concerning the 7 Eleven franchise system and its franchisee’s alleged underpayment of wages to employees. The coverage has been devastating for not only the Franchisor (for example the condemnation in the marketplace, resignation of key executives and the unquantified loss in brand value) but also for

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