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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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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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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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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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Is criminalising “wage theft” a bad idea? - HRM

More unions are calling for wage theft laws, after NSW Labor already made it an election promise. HRM takes a look at the issue. In July last year NSW Labor flagged its intention to “criminalise the deliberate failure to pay wages and other entitlements”. And it appears the movement is growing. The Victorian Trades Hall Council and

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Internships: How to hire within the law - Seek

What is an intern? The words internship and work experience are often used interchangeably. According to the Fair Work Ombudsman an internship is a vocational placement – that is, a placement that is required by an educational institution or training course. Principal lawyer at employment law firm McDonald Murholme, Trent Hancock, says the law is primarily concerned

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FWC decides on domestic violence leave – what HR needs to know - HRM

The Fair Work Commission has decided that domestic violence leave will be covered by modern awards. As part of its four-yearly review of modern awards, The Fair Work Commission has ruled on domestic violence leave. It has decided that workers covered by the awards will now be able to access five days of unpaid domestic violence

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Plumbing business fined $121,000 for underpaying worker wrongly considered an apprentice - Smart Company

A Victorian plumbing business has been fined $121,000 after it was found to have severely underpaid a worker they were incorrectly classifying an ‘apprentice’. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock discusses the importance of correct documentation when organising an apprentice and simply saying someone is an ‘apprentice’ is not good enough. Plumbing business fined $121,000

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Sexual harassment at work: How small to medium businesses can deal with allegations - Dynamic Business

With sexual harassment scandals heavily in the spotlight, some small to medium businesses might find themselves wondering if they are well equipped with the right policies and procedures to deal with such allegations in the workplace. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock explores the ways in which SME’s can deal with sexual harassment allegations as

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Small businesses warned not to let their workers foot the bill for work Christmas parties - SmartCompany

With one in six Australian businesses set to spend more than $10,000 on Christmas events this year, how much of the associated costs can employees be expected to cover? McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock highlights the rights and obligations of employees when it comes to Christmas parties as well as the need for employers

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The Weinstein Scandal: Is your business equipped to deal with sexual harassment? - Dynamic Business

The highly publicised Weinstein Scandal has brought to light the issue of sexual harassment within the workplace. McDonald Murholme’s Senior Associate Trent Hancock gives his advice on what internal policies businesses can adopt to deal with allegations of this nature. See below article for further details. The Weinstein Scandal: Is your business equipped to deal

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United Or Divided: When The Views Of Your Company Aren’t Shared By Your Employees - Dynamic Business

You may have been told once before that it is not polite to discuss religion or politics at the dinner table, but what about at work? McDonald Murholme Senior Associate, Trent Hancock, talks to Dynamic Business about the implications of adverse action on employees for expressing their political opinion. See below article for more information

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Worker receives $13,000 in compensation for unjust dismissal after her shifts were cut by 75% - SmartCompany

An employee at a Sydney RSL will receive more than $13000 in compensation after she was found to have been constructively dismissed from her role. Senior Associate Trent Hancock says constructive dismissals can occur when an employee has resigned but “has been forced to do so because of conduct, or a course of conduct engaged

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Uber flashes headlights on employment laws - Dynamic Business

Well known ride-sharing app, Uber, has brought workplace safety into the spotlight after 215 workplace violations were exposed. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock explains the importance of an employer’s obligations to a safe working environment. See below article for more information Uber flashes headlights on employment laws Well known ride-sharing app, Uber, has been

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Are your employees working overtime during the EOFY rush? If so, you must tread carefully - Dynamic Business

The 2016-2017 financial year is coming to an end, and employees are working unpaid overtime, hastily tying up loose ends. McDonald Murholme Senior Associate Trent Hancock highlights that employers must tread carefully when asking staff to work unpaid overtime, to ensure they abide by the provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth.) See the

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Domestic violence victim told 'keeping you both in the office is a no' – The Sydney Morning Herald

A Melbourne architectural and construction business has lost its bid to overturn an unfair dismissal ruling after sacking a domestic violence victim. McDonald Murholme Lawyer Trent Hancock weighed in emphasising that employers need to make better attempts to understand the position of employees who are victims of domestic violence See below article for further details. Domestic

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