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Employer aces unfair dismissal claim by “Tennis Tragic”

Employer aces unfair dismissal claim by “Tennis Tragic”

As summer approaches, employers can expect an influx of leave applications for various sporting and social events.  However, a recent decision highlights that employees who skip work without approval are unlikely to receive any sympathy from the Fair Work Commission (FWC). In Gluyas v Australian Western Railroad Pty Ltd [2015] FWC 6161, the Applicant applied […]

Before you consider terminating an employee

Before you consider terminating an employee, read this!

We often meet with clients who are frustrated with an employee, and commonly they ask: “can’t I just performance manage him/her out of my business?”  While performance management is certainly an option for dealing with under-performing employees, it is by no means a “quick fix” and there are many legal traps employers need to be […]

Could you be personally liable under the WHS Act?

Could you be personally liable under the WHS Act?

This decision is an important one for employers insofar as it shows that the Court will take a practical, organisational view as to the definition of an officer for the purposes of the WHS Act (relevant to states where the model legislation has been adopted).  Employers should review their own structure and consider whom within […]

Before you consider terminating an employee

FWC agrees: The mo’s gotta go! Workplace policy stands!

Workplace policy stands after Fair Work Commissions ruling. In Felton v BHP Billiton Pty Ltd [2015] FWC 1838, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) upheld an employer’s decision to dismiss an employee who ignored the company’s “clean-shaven policy” in order to preserve his 100mm goatee and moustache. Mr Felton worked for BHP Billiton (BHP) for 6 years […]

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