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Workplace health and Safety – COVID-19 – What should employers do?

Article By: Joey Tass Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney Employers have a duty under work health and safety laws to provide information to employees about health and safety in the workplace. It is imperative for employers to provide regular updates to their employees about the status of COVID-19 that are consistent…

An overview on Employers’ risk and obligations on COVID-19 CoronaVirus

Article By: Sarah Cappello Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney The reporting of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused increase anxiety and disruption for many organisations and their employees. The challenges associated with this, including absenteeism by employees is a difficult situation for all. The current circumstances demonstrates the importance for…

HOW TO AVOID EMPLOYMENT LAW TRAPS AND KEEP YOUR BUSINESS COMPLIANT

Presented By: Sarah Cappello and Joey Tass Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney Employment Law Seminar – Sydney Thursday 21st November Presented by Sarah Cappello and Joey Tass Employees are your greatest asset. They can also be a major liability if your business does not strictly follow applicable laws. Avoid being the…

Controversial decision on sick leave may leave employers exposed to back pay

Article By: Sarah Cappello Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney Recently the Federal Court handed down a decision about sick leave that has the potential to leave many businesses exposed. The controversial decision, handed down on 21 August 2019, confirms that all employees, including part time employees, are entitled to a full…

WHS Due Diligence – Why Work Health and Safety is Essential for Businesses?

Every year across Australian workplaces there are 190 fatalities and close to 150,000 work related injuries. These statistics shine a light on Australian industries and show that workplace deaths aren’t just a workplace issue – but a community issue.  We are seeing family members who do not go home to…

The Perils of the Work Christmas Party

BIGGEST FAILS OF THE WORK CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR STAFF MEMBERS The work Christmas party offers a great opportunity to celebrate the end of a long hard year of working together. They can be great for staff morale, bonding and celebrations and offer a relaxed informal setting to socialize with colleagues…

Parental Leave – Can I Return To Work Part Time?

Employees have a statutory entitlement to return to work and to their previous position after taking a period of parental leave under the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act). If the employee’s previous position no longer exists, the employee is entitled to return to a position which is closest in…

Does your employment contract measure up?

If you are entering into an employment contract do you know what should be included? If you are an employer and using an old contract, should it be reviewed first? It is clear contracts should be individually structured to meet the needs of those involved and in reality both employer…

Mental Health Issues And Dismissal

The case of Finnegan v Komatsu Forklift Australia Pty Ltd (2017) illustrates the importance of addressing mental health issues becoming entwined with the workplace. In this case, an employee’s poor sales performance resulted in him being placed on a performance improvement plan under a new manager. However, the relationship between…

Refusal To Attend Investigation Interview Reasonably Leads To Dismissal

Khoder Abdulrahim v QBE Management Services Pty Limited (QBE) (2016), Mr Abdulrahim was a QBE employee and purchased a discounted motor vehicle insurance policy for his father’s car under QBE’s employee insurance program. Mr Abdulrahim made an insurance claim on behalf of his father, with the repairs for the vehicle…