Payment of Wages – Underpayments

Payment of Wages – Underpayments

October 20, 2014

The term “adverse action” is becoming much more common in regards to workplace rights. The simple definition of it is if and employer takes action against an employee for exercising a workplace right or proposing to express that workplace right. A prime example of this is where a company took unlawful adverse action when it stopped giving shifts to […]

Internships – Payment of Wages

August 28, 2014

The below excerpt is from Fair Work Ombudsman’s website. It is critical reading related to the employment of interns: A Melbourne business operator faces court action following a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation into unpaid internships at her former marketing company. Naomi-Jayne Aldred owned and operated Nexus Coaching Group Pty Ltd before the business went into […]

Termination of Employment – Falsifying Documents

August 25, 2014

A company was justified in dismissing an employee for falsifying a safety document, despite the fact that he was instructed to do so by a company OHS advisor, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has found. FWC accepted that the dismissed worker initially altered a required pre-duty safety document on the instructions of a safety advisor. […]

Termination Payout – Inadequate Notice

August 25, 2014

Logistics Company Expeditors International terminated the contract of an employee who had been with them for 24 years. The employee was 49 years old when they were dismissed and had an accounting team of more than 12 people reporting to them. The employee claimed Expeditors International breached the employment contract by failing to give reasonable […]

Wage Increases 2014

August 25, 2014

The release of recent ABS data has shown that private sector pay growth has remained at a record low for the year to June, again outstripped by inflation. The bureau’s Wage Price Index shows private sector hourly rates of pay (excluding bonuses) grew by just 2.5% in the year to the June quarter. In trend […]

Sacked Driver to Receive Compensation

August 25, 2014

A truck driver sacked for urinating outside the entrance to a warehouse will receive around $14,000 in compensation after the Fair Work Commission ruled his employer’s handling of the investigation rendered his dismissal unfair. The company dismissed the driver after viewing CCTV footage of him relieving himself at the distribution centre gate rather than waiting […]

Refusal to Work Overtime – Reasonable

March 12, 2014

The amount of overtime considered reasonable can also be a difficult issue in the workplace. This was the case with Australia Post who disciplined two employees for unsatisfactory performance during the “indoor” portion of their shifts The employees appealed the warning and the Commissioner accepted their evidence that they had both advised depot managers they could work […]