Employment Practices Liability FAQ
Australian workplace relations have changed dramatically in recent years. Employees now have a wide array of rights, which has created a regulatory minefield for employers. They are burdened with a confusing set of obligations and run the risk of being tied up in lengthy and costly legal processes if they get things wrong.
Those that were previously able to get by without the benefit of specialist workplace relations advice really cannot do so anymore. Without robust employment policies, compliant contracts and expert advice, employers are left open to a variety of claims, including unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and harassment.
These risks are real. In the past year, the number of unfair dismissal claims rose by 153% and discrimination claims by more than 50%. Every day, employers are being held to account for failing to comply with their workplace relations obligations, leaving them to face up to the consequences of problems that could easily have been avoided if they had taken the right advice at the right time
The following are Employment Practice areas you should be aware of:
Brisbane Workers backpaid more than $230,000
Single Complaint sparks $206,000 back payment - Cobblers Plus
Complaint leads to $305,000 back payment - Rentokill
Unfair Dismissal - A Bank's higher standards and performance management issues
Building site issue - employee or contractor?
Sham Contracting - What is it?
Unfair dismissal - An example
Discrimination - An Example
Breach of Confidentiality - An example
Wages Disputes - An example
Sexual Harassment - An example
Unfair Dismissal - Investigate the matter or else
Employsure - A Risk Management Solution
Teacher Bullies Student with Special Needs
How to behave at Work Part 1
Be careful of that hug
Offer re-deployment if available or face unfair dismissal
Employees losing their temper
Sexual Harassment - Pray for help!
Terminating Employees on Sick Leave
Damages for using a client list
Adverse Action and Pregnancy Discrimination
Improper Procedure but a valid dismissal
Resisting Performance Management - is dismissal justifiable
Sexual Harassment in the USA - $167 Million awarded
Sacked due to hair colour
Employer escapes Vicarious Liability for taking reasonable steps
Dismissal due to drug taking shown to be reasonable
Dismissal due to aggressive behaviour shown to be fair
Two year restraint can be enforced with reason
Muslim Woman wins $5Mil in Harassment case
Workplace Health & Safety and the use of Contractors
University Professor alleges discrimination
Breast Feeding Advocate alleges discrimation
Workplace Health & Safety issues - latest news July 2012
What is an Independent Contractor?