In what may be the first unfair dismissal claim determined by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) involving mandatory vaccination for workers under a public health order, an aged care employee who failed to provide evidence of being vaccinated to her employer has failed to convince the FWC her dismissal was unfair.
Queensland employers are reminded that, similar to last year, there will be numerous public holidays in effect this Christmas and New Year, resulting from 25 and 26 December, as well as 1 January, all falling on weekends.Continue reading “REMINDER: Additional Public Holidays in operation this Festive Season”
By 17 December 2021, many private-sector Queensland workplaces will be operating under public health directions, issued by the State Government, mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, contractors and volunteers. Similar public health directions have been operating in other States and Territories for months, with New South Wales and Victorian businesses having been subject to particularly expansive mandates on COVID-19 vaccination.Continue reading “New vax mandates in effect in QLD, another NSW challenge fails”
Deputy President Lake of the Fair Work Commission has declined to award compensation to a Gold Coast hospitality employee, despite confirming she was unlawfully stood down twice in August and September, finding it would be unfair to her employer and colleagues who agreed to “share the burden of the pandemic”.Continue reading “No compensation for “out of touch” hospitality worker wrongly stood down”
Subscribers, login to your online account, go to ‘Fact Sheets’ and scroll down to the ‘Pay’ subheading to download a handy PDF list of all of the 2022 Public Holidays for Queensland. Don’t forget, just like last year, there are some additional public holidays in force over the Christmas/New Year period this year (see our related article).
The ES office and advice line will close for the Festive period at 5pm, Thursday, 23 December 2021 and re-open, on reduced hours, at 9.00am, Tuesday, 4 January 2022. Normal operating hours will resume from 9.00am, Monday, 10 January 2022.Continue reading “Season’s Greetings to ES Clients”
A Court has found that the term “sheep shagger” has no connection to race because it could be applied to any New Zealander regardless of their race or ethnic origin. The finding formed part of a decision in a case brought by a worker against a concrete pumping business alleging breaches of anti-discrimination legislation and the Fair Work Act.
A Full Bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) has dismissed two applications challenging the lawfulness of a direction given by the Queensland Police Commissioner to staff directing them to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
With the calendar ticking towards the festive season comes the inevitable debate over the Christmas close-down. But what are the rights of an employer to require employees to take leave over a Christmas closure period? Like most industrial relations issues, the answer is, “it depends”.Continue reading “Christmas Closedown Basics for Employers”
As another year races towards its conclusion, Queensland employers are reminded there will be numerous public holidays in effect this Christmas and New Year, resulting from 25 and 26 December, as well as 1 January, all falling on weekends.Continue reading “Additional Public Holidays on the way this Festive Season”
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