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Changes to flexible work laws: what HR needs to know - HRM

As of 1 December 2018, the rules around flexible work requests have changed. Experts break down who this hurts and helps, how to reject a request, and why you shouldn’t. A new ruling by the Fair Work Commission means that, as of 1 December 2018, employers need to make a genuine attempt to reach flexible work agreements with their

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‘It’s valuable data’: Queensland worker sacked for refusing to sign in using fingerprint scanner - news.com.au

A QUEENSLAND sawmill worker sacked for refusing to sign in using a fingerprint scanner has lost an unfair dismissal claim despite his employer’s “disturbing” privacy failures. Factory hand Jeremy Lee took his case to the Fair Work Commission in March after being let go from the Superior Wood mill in Imbil, near Gympie, where he

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Could Netflix’s culture even exist in Australia? - HRM

What happens when a culture of transparency is taken to extremes? HRM examines the performance practices at Netflix and whether the company could legally operate in Australia. Organisational transparency is generally considered a good thing for workplace culture. It helps to ensure the right people are recruited and fosters a culture of inclusion and trust.

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Just 28 per cent of workers take full lunch break - news.com.au

IS the long lunch a thing of the past? Nearly three quarters of Australian workers are not taking their full designated lunch break, with almost one in 10 skipping lunch breaks altogether, a new survey by Hays has found. The recruitment firm asked 1253 professionals about their lunch habits. Twenty-eight per cent said they take

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Lego executive sues company for discrimination on family commitments - Australian Financial Review

A top executive at Lego Australia is suing the toy company for more than $400,000 because it allegedly fired him when he returned from an overseas transfer to care for his family. Lego Australia director of operations Robert Csano, who had been seconded to Japan since 2016, accused the family-owned company of discriminating against him

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Firm highlights ‘lasting consequences’ following sacking of ABC MD Michelle Guthrie - Lawyers Weekly

An Australian law firm has opened up on the firing of ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, saying the dismissal should have lasting consequences for employment law cases going forward. McDonald Murholme has responded to news of Ms Guthrie being terminated from her top job at the ABC earlier this week. The highly publicised dismissal has

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The ABC’s leadership fiasco has lessons for HR - HRM

The firing of the ABC’s managing director Michelle Guthrie, and the subsequent fallout, has been the story of the week. But beyond the headlines are lessons for HR. The termination of the ABC’s managing director Michelle Guthrie this Monday has grown from what the organisation no doubt hoped would be a relatively quiet decision into

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Is withholding a bonus a smart way to motivate staff? - HRM Online

How and when should you withhold an employee’s bonus? HRM examines the legalities and neuroscience of this approach. Qantas has made headlines for a provision in a performance bonus they announced in August. The bonus, paid when an employee signs a new wage agreement, will be withheld if the employee “harms” Qantas. The kicker is that individuals

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Flight Centre accused of underpayment and toxic culture - HRM Online

Former and current employees have accused Flight Centre of having a corrupt, booze-filled culture and troubling pay practices. HRM talks to legal experts Trent Hancock and Athena Koelmeyer about the matter. Travel company Flight Centre has been accused of encouraging staff to charge questionable mark-ups, and engaging in troubling pay practices. The workplace culture has

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'Unions not penalty rates' hit workers - Dynamic Business

Workers are losing extra pay on weekends and public holidays because of deals between unions and businesses not because of cuts to penalty rates, the Turnbull government says. Government MPs aren’t backing a private member’s bill by Labor leader Bill Shorten to restore penalty rates for 700,000 workers, with Liberal Craig Kelly saying the bargaining

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Uber Drivers stop work, call for pay boost - Dynamic Business

Uber passengers across Australia face the prospect of more stop-work action by drivers if the ride-sharing company refuses to improve pay rates for add-on services. Tens of thousands of Uber drivers did not pick up passengers during Monday’s morning commute as they protested for fairer conditions.  Ride Share Drivers United want Uber to axe its

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Toyota worker awarded $68,000 in compensation after being sacked over allegations of inappropriate workplace relationships - Smart Company

A former worker at Toyota Australia’s paint shop has been awarded nearly $70,000 in compensation after the Fair Work Commission found he was unfairly dismissed over allegations of inappropriate personal relationships with other workers. The employee worked as the general foreperson at Toyota’s paint shop in the production and quality subdivision and had been employed

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Hair and beauty salon backpays workers $25,000 but avoid penalties after signing deal with workplace watchdog - Smart Company

A Sydney-based beauty and hair salon has avoided paying penalties by entering into an enforceable undertaking (EU) with Australia’s workplace watchdog after admitting to underpaying seven workers more than $25,000 and failing to issue them payslips. OKS Hair and Beauty Salon in Lidcombe drew the attention of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) after one of

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Fair Work Ombudsman Alleges Foodora Engaged in “Sham Contracting”, Underpaying Workers - Broadsheet

The case could have massive ramifications for the food-delivery industry, and a precedent could mean tens of millions of dollars in back payments and penalties, an employment lawyer says. On Tuesday afternoon the Fair Work Ombudsman announced it will take legal action against Foodora Australia Pty Ltd, the company behind online food-delivery company Foodora. The

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Men’s mental health: don’t let your employees suffer in silence - HRM Online

Do you have a large male workforce? Then you need to keep informed about the impact that mental health is having on your employees, and understand the best way to help them. More than five men die prematurely each hour in Australia due to potentially preventable conditions. One of the biggest causes is mental health

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Men's mental health week a good opportunity for workplaces to join in the conversation - Dynamic Business

Men in Australia are three times more likely than women to commit suicide[1], and in many cases, they have no history of ever being diagnosed with a mental illness. This suggests that many men still suffer with depression in silence and need to be encouraged to speak up. Men’s mental health week kicks off from

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Illegal interview questions - what employers have no right to ask

Employers use a job interview as a way to work out how suitable you are for a role and an interview is an ideal opportunity for you to discuss your skills and expertise. But what kind of questions are recruiters and hirers allowed to ask? The purpose of a job interview is to determine whether

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It is in a company’s best interest to offer flexible workplace arrangements - Australian Women Online

With Mothers’ Day coming up on Sunday 13th May, it’s a good time to recognise and celebrate the contribution of working mothers to the Australian economy. Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), Libby Lyons says Australian women are increasingly active participants in the workforce while still performing close to double the unpaid domestic work

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Banking royal commission - lessons for the Fair Work Commission - Lawyers Weekly

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has shed light on corporate misconduct at the highest management level. Alan McDonald asks if management will now judge itself by the standards it has demanded, of zero tolerance, from lower level employee’s workplace mistakes? Until now, management has successfully advocated to The Fair

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Don’t offer staff free lunch: Underpayment claims at Melbourne cafe Barry prompt legal warning for SMEs - Smart Company

Legal experts have warned businesses to take care when offering staff free incentives like coffee or lunch, especially if these are connected to staff salaries, after a Melbourne cafe was hit with serious underpayment claims from staff this week. Staff at Barry cafe in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote have claimed they had shifts cancelled

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