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When out-of-hours conduct are cause for dismissal

When out-of-hours conduct are cause for dismissal Our previous blog “When does out-of-hours conduct cause for employee dismissal?” highlighted the consequences for employees who engage in certain conduct outside work hours such as a fight, sexual harassment, social media content and public drinking. Recent cases of Sydney Trains v Andrew Bobrenitsky (2022) and Corry v...
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Superannuation to increase 1 July 2022

The superannuation guarantee (SG) is the minimum percentage of a salary that an employer must contribute to an employee’s superannuation fund. The percentage is legislated and controlled by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The current SG percentage is 10% of employees’ ordinary time earnings. From 1 July 2022, the SG will increase from 10% to...
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Can an employer direct an employee to be vaccinated?

Can an employer direct an employee to be vaccinated? We have previously written about the COVID-19 business restrictions in Queensland and how an employer may require an employee to be vaccinated. While that may be the case, it is not as straight forward as it may seem. There are specific considerations when determining who must...
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COVID-19 business restrictions and requirements in Queensland

COVID-19 business restrictions and requirements in Queensland, on 8 October 2021, the Chief Health Officer issued directions in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared public health emergency. These directions set out the requirements that restricted businesses in Queensland must follow. Restricted businesses included businesses in the hospitality, entertainment venues, personal care services industries,...
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Emergency powers arising from COVID-19

Direction from Chief Health Officer – Emergency powers arising from COVID-19 While there has been some debate regarding mandatory vaccination requirements, the recent public health direction has set out new requirements for workers in healthcare, their employees, and responsible persons in healthcare settings, including limited exceptions. On 29 January 2020, the Minister for Health and...
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Are Your Business Interests Protected by Post-Employment?

While it is a priority for your business’ intellectual property (IP) to be adequately protected from copycats and infringers, it is equally important to protect your business in the post-employment context. Employees come and go, and with it they take their knowledge and skills acquired from one business to the next. Fortunately, there are several...
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When does out-of-hours conduct cause for employee dismissal?

The ever-blurring lines between work and private life make it difficult for both employees and employers to identify where their rights, duties and obligations begin and end. Typically, when you walk out the door from your days’ work, you’re “off the clock” and your business is your own. However, some out of hours conduct may...
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Employee or Contractor – that is the question.

Whether to hire workers as an employee or contractor is a commercial decision. Whatever decision you make, you’ll need to ensure that the relationship is clear cut. If the lines are blurred your business may: risk impeding the rights of a worker; and fail to meet your business’ tax and superannuation obligations. To understand those...
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Superannuation guarantee to increase, who bears the brunt?

The superannuation guarantee (SG) is the minimum percentage of a salary that an employer must contribute to an employee’s superannuation fund. The percentage is legislated and controlled by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The current SG percentage is 9.5% of employees’ ordinary time earnings. From 1 July 2021, the SG will increase from 9.5 %...
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2021 Changes to the Fair Work Act

The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 has been passed through Parliament and came into effect on 27 March 2021.  The bill amended the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“Act”) by implementing several reforms, including: the introduction of a definition for ‘casual employee’; the introduction of an ‘Casual Employee Information Statement’; the introduction of...
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