Where does the law stand on workplace relationships?
Even if you are not working in Canberra, this may be important for you to read! In light of the recent Barnaby Joyce relationship scandal, many people are wondering what the law really says about sexual relationships between colleagues. According to Relationships Australia, about 40% of Australians aged 35-50 met...Read More
Stress leave – What are my rights as an employer?
With today’s busy lifestyles and work pressures, many employees feel stressed at some time during their employment. This means that employers should understand their legal rights and obligations to their employees and how to manage workplace issues such as mental illness and stress. The National Employment Standards (NES) apply to...Read More
Employers beware! Drug and Alcohol testing standards in the workplace.
You would think in Australian employment there would be a zero tolerance policy towards drug and alcohol in the workplace. While this may be the case in some industries, employers have to be cautious as the Fair Work Commission has concluded that this may not always be an appropriate policy....Read More
Can you direct an employee to attend a medical examination?
An employee’s temporary absence from work is seldom problematic for employers. Section 352 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) specifies that employment should not be terminated on the basis of temporary absence from work because of personal illness or personal injury. Managing employees that are absent from the workplace...Read More
Book that holiday – Using your long service leave entitlements
Long service leave is an entitlement granted to employees who have been working at their place of employment for a long period of time. Full time, part time and causal employees are all entitled to long service leave. They key part of the award is in the name “LONG”. In...Read More