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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Will you lose the value of a Broker?

If you listen to the Podcast on this link you will here Robert Cooper explain to his Accountant why Small Business stands to lose if Insurance Brokers are not there to advise start up businesses and established businesses about the risks their occupation carries and how they can deal with them. Simply because they will not want to pay the fees that would be charged. Currently instead, Insurance Companies pay the Broker after the Insurance has been placed with them. Perhaps the premiums will appear a bit cheaper in the first year? Then they will question the fees an Insurance Broker puts on top and finds they can go to the Internet and obtain the same cover at the same price. However, they will not have the constant advice and claims advocacy that comes with an Insurance Broker. The big loser is definitely the Consumer as direct insurers give absolutely no advice, only price.

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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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