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Upcoming Queensland Public Holidays for 2019

Clients are reminded that statutory public holidays for the Royal Queensland Show, aka ‘Ekka’, will be observed across large parts of the South-East Queensland region in the week beginning 12 August. Brisbane City Council area will observe a public holiday on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, whilst regions including Logan, Moreton Bay, Redlands and as far north as Bundaberg and Gladstone will observe a public holiday on Monday, 12 August 2019.

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4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards: Progress Update

The 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards continues before the Fair Work Commission (FWC) though there has been little activity of note to commence 2019. After a swathe of amendments – including unpaid family & domestic violence leave and casual conversion – were pushed through in the second half of 2018, the first half of this year has yielded little more than some “plain language” re-drafting of the redundancy clause in a number of modern awards. This is despite FWC President, Justice Iain Ross, indicating over a year ago that he was “reasonably confident” the review process (which commenced in 2014) would be largely completed by the end of 2018 with a “substantial majority” of the new instruments expected to come into force in the first quarter of 2019.

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Thousands in compensation for “unnecessarily callous”, “disgraceful” dismissals by text

Two recent decisions of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) have reiterated the importance of avoiding termination by any other means than face-to-face, with the sacked workers in both instances being awarded compensation for their dismissals described as “repugnant” and “grossly unfair”.

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Brisbane Restaurant pays heavy price for General Protections breach

An employee, who’s service fell shy of three months employment, has been awarded a whopping payout, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars, for her dismissal which was found to breach the general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). The manner of the dismissal was held to be particularly humiliating, given her employer’s suggestion she had been ungrateful for having been employed “notwithstanding her disability”.

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10 Things NOT to Ask Job Applicants

  1. Have you finished making your family?
  2. Please detail your medical history.
  3. If your children get sick, can someone other than you care for them?
  4. Have you ever pursued a previous employer for unfair dismissal or unpaid wages?
  5. Shouldn’t you be thinking about retiring?
  6. Are you interested in any cash-in-hand work?
  7. Have you ever made a WorkCover claim?
  8. Would you be willing to sign a waiver confirming that you understand we can’t afford to pay according to the Award?
  9. Are you a Union member?
  10. Your resume didn’t make it clear that you weren’t Australian.  Where are you from then?
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Sacked With No Warning – Dismissal of Roadside Assistance Worker Upheld by Fair Work Commission

An employee who won the right to have his matter heard by the Fair Work Commission earlier in the year has had his unfair dismissal application dismissed after a hearing in Melbourne. The Applicant, Mr Ton Van Nguyen, was employed by the Respondent Prestige Roadside but had his employment terminated after two alleged instances of serious misconduct.

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