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Aged Care Worker Dismissed for Failing to Provide Vaccination Evidence Loses Unfair Dismissal Claim

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.

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New vax mandates in effect in QLD, another NSW challenge fails

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. 

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No compensation for “out of touch” hospitality worker wrongly stood down

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”.

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2022 Queensland Public Holiday Calendar

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).

Calling NZ Worker “Sheep Shagger” Not Racial Discrimination: Court

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.

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