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?

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Robert Cooper - one of 100 faces of small business

This week it was announced as part of Small Business Week,  that Robert has been named one of the 100 faces of small business for a State Government promotion on the great value that small businesses play in the State of Queensland.

You can see Robert's entry here:

It is the third accolade for CPR Insurance Services in a month and after seven and a half years in business is a real pep up for the company.

For Robert, it is the culmination of many years experience, becoming well qualified, experiencing the highs and lows of a career and always wanting to contribute to his community. Sometimes, these things just come together and you receive recognition for your efforts.

Robert says that there is no doubt that starting your own business is a huge challenge, but with the right research and planning, the right people around you and a good set of values that you apply to the vision of the company, you have a very good chance of making it all succeed.

Robert says he is lucky. He has a strong supportive Wife, Mandy, who is also part of the business, along with efficient and hard working staff such as Julia McLauchlan and Aidan Harmer who are building up their own skills in a learning environment. 

However, the most important and most supportive people for CPR Insurance Services are our clients who have stuck by us and supported us over the past seven years. Our focus remains on providing the best possible service we can and always acting in their best interests. To all our clients, we say thank you!

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CPR Insurance wins Brokerage of the year

CPR Insurance Services picked up the award for the Best Brokerage (1-5 staff) in Australia, last Friday Night (4th May 2018) at the Insurance Business Magazine Awards held at the Westin in Sydney.

Judging came from various parts of the industry. It is a great honour to be recognised for our hard work and particular Business values we follow. A full list of winners is listed here.

Success comes from having great staff, and we thank Aidan Harmer and Julia McLauchlan as important support staff for helping us win such an award.

CPR Insurance has been in operation for more than 7 years now and is only successful because of the wonderful support from our staff, insurers and most importantly, our fantastic clients who put their faith and trust into our company to be their Risk Advisers and Brokers. 

Thank you to all.

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