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'Sustained workplace bullying' costs employer $590,000

An employer has been ordered to pay nearly $600,000 dollars in loss and damages after a long serving employee was successful in her personal injury claim against her employer. The employee successfully demonstrated that the employer had unreasonably exposed her to a consistently unsatisfactory work environment that ‘cumulatively bro...

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Prevent your employees resigning this New Year

The beginning of the New Year often spells new resolutions. For some employees who may have felt unappreciated and disengaged in 2012, that may mean "new year, new career”. With the high cost of replacing valued employees, employers should perhaps be considering a different new years resolution - how to retain your top performe...

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Urgent Employment Update - Minimum wage panel hands down 2.6% minimum wage increase

From 1 July 2013, the modern award minimum wages will be increased by 2.6%. Applied to the current national minimum wage, this decision will mean a $15.80 increase to the weekly minimum wage from $606.40 to $622.20, and a $0.41 increase to the minimum hourly rate from $15.96 to $16.37. For the third year in a row, the ...

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Reality TV Geek Gives Employer Adverse Action Reality Check

Reality TV Geek Gives Employer Adverse Action Reality Check Beauty and the Geek contestant Adam Marshall was successful in his adverse action claim against his employer after his employment at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) was terminated. In Marshall v Commonwealth of Australia (Represented by the Bureau of Meteorology), Mr&n...

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$44,000 awarded for pregnancy and carer discrimination

The Federal Magistrates Court recently ruled against an employer on the basis that it had discriminated against an employee because of her pregnancy and her childcare responsibilities. The Court accepted the claim that the employer had failed to renew the employee’s 12 month fixed term contract and making her appointment permanent b...

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