Ombudsman successful in significantly increasing directors’ penalties

By Lucy Harper and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In the current enforcement climate, it is valuable to note a recent...

By Lucy Harper and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In the current enforcement climate, it is valuable to note a recent case in which the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) was successful in obtaining an increase of fines on appeal to almost five times the initial order, for an underpaying company director. In...

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Defective workplace investigations

Fair Work Commission losing patience over defective workplace investigations By Lucy Harper and Calum Woods, NRA Legal The line between employees’...

Fair Work Commission losing patience over defective workplace investigations By Lucy Harper and Calum Woods, NRA Legal The line between employees’ work and personal lives is becoming increasingly fine. While in some cases conduct at office Christmas parties or sending offensive messages to colleagues on Instagram can have a sufficient connection...

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Drinks after work: from legless to jobless

When getting legless can lead to being jobless: lessons learned from after-work drinks By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA...

When getting legless can lead to being jobless: lessons learned from after-work drinks By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Employers and employees are starting to realise that grabbing some casual drinks after work could leave them with bigger consequences than just a hangover. In the recent decision, the Full...

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Workplace bullying costs business

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Since its introduction in 2013, the Fair Work Commission’s anti-bullying jurisdiction has...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Since its introduction in 2013, the Fair Work Commission’s anti-bullying jurisdiction has attracted its fair share of commentary. Of the 700 anti-bullying applications filed last year, a total of 53 proceeded to a formal hearing, and of those only 8 resulted in an...

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Whistleblower protections extended from 1 July

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal From 1 July 2019, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act...

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal From 1 July 2019, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2018 came into effect. A response in part to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, this Act amends several key items of legislation to...

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The Israel Folau Saga

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal It has been heralded as the test case on where to draw...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal It has been heralded as the test case on where to draw the line on the freedom to practise religion, and how much say an employer has in their employees’ personal lives. Regardless of where you stand in the debate, there is no...

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Writing’s on the wall for outdated employment contracts

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Playing musical chairs with an employment contract can be risky business. This...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Playing musical chairs with an employment contract can be risky business. This usually happens when an employee doesn’t return a signed contract when starting a new job, and their employer allows them to work regardless. Other times an employee will change into...

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Fair Work Ombudsman concludes investigation into Uber and discontinues Foodora prosecution

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Following a spate of recent announcements by the Fair Work Ombudsman, it...

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Following a spate of recent announcements by the Fair Work Ombudsman, it seems the employment status of workers in the gig economy will continue to avoid the judicial scrutiny that many had sought. On Friday 7 June 2019, the Fair Work Ombudsman announced...

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The new super-union: United Voice and National Union of Workers head closer to amalgamation

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In what may be indicative of a growing trend in the trade...

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In what may be indicative of a growing trend in the trade union movement, Australia’s largest blue-collar unions outside the CFMMEU – United Voice and the National Union of Workers – are progressing their plans to amalgamate and form the fourth-largest union...

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The truth about “reasonable additional hours”

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal After part-time employment, reasonable additional hours is one the most commonly misunderstood...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal After part-time employment, reasonable additional hours is one the most commonly misunderstood concepts for employers in the retail and quick service industries. In fact, even the question “how many additional hours would be considered reasonable?” betrays a misapprehension of the topic, as the...

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Safety Alert: Display Fixture Hooks

By Lucy Harper, NRA Legal In response to recent reports in retail stores of children being seriously injured on shopping...

By Lucy Harper, NRA Legal In response to recent reports in retail stores of children being seriously injured on shopping hooks, the National Retail Association takes this opportunity to highlight some practical tips for improving safety standards in relation to display fixture hooks. To protect customers and employees from injury, the...

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3.0% wage increase to Modern Awards from 1 July 2019

On 30 May 2019, the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision on the Annual Wage Review, deciding to...

On 30 May 2019, the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision on the Annual Wage Review, deciding to award an increase to minimum wages of 3%. This will take effect from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2019. While still higher than advocated for by...

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The part-time employment dilemma and why it’s the most inflexible category

By Zoe Brodie and Calum Woods, NRA Legal What category you choose to employ someone under (full-time, part-time or casual)...

By Zoe Brodie and Calum Woods, NRA Legal What category you choose to employ someone under (full-time, part-time or casual) has more implications than simply a cost analysis of annual/sick leave or casual loading. There’s more to think about than whether to trade job security for the ability to readily downsize...

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Workplace investigations – Is the journey more important than the destination?

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The Fair Work Commission (per Deputy President Anderson) stated recently that a...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The Fair Work Commission (per Deputy President Anderson) stated recently that a workplace investigation “is not a court of law or a quasi-judicial proceeding. It is an internal disciplinary process guided by the principle of fairness.” There are of course a number of...

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Legal Beagles: Episode 1 – Banter about biometrics

    For years now, the future of time and attendance was looking to be fingerprint scanners. The recent decision of...

    For years now, the future of time and attendance was looking to be fingerprint scanners. The recent decision of the Fair Work Commission in Lee v Superior Wood Pty Ltd FWCFB 2946 has called that future into question. Join lawyers Alex Millman and Calum Woods as they discuss...

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Meet Thomas Parer, Lawyer and Workplace Relations Advisor

Thomas Parer is the newest addition to the workplace relations team at the National Retail Association. Thomas graduated from...

Thomas Parer is the newest addition to the workplace relations team at the National Retail Association. Thomas graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (majoring in International Relations and French) in 2016. Subsequently, he has worked as an advocate and adviser for trade...

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