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  1. Employers should not assume they can require employees to receive COVID-19 vaccination

    23 April 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    In a recent decision delivered by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) a childcare centre has been cleared of its decision to terminate Ms Bou-Jamie Barber’s employment due to her unwillingness to receive an influenza vaccination.

  2. Employee assaulting colleague supports termination of employment

    24 March 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    An employee’s conduct outside of work hours, in relation to a private matter, was determined to be connected to her employment, and that was enough to dismiss the employee.

  3. From JobKeeper to JobSeeker – employer’s rights to terminate employees unwilling to work during COVID

    18 March 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Fair Work Commission has considered the circumstances in which an employee may be terminated for refusing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Issue Is failing to be ready and willing to work a justification for terminating an employee during the...

  4. Social media no substitute for face-to-face meetings during performance management

    19 November 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Fair Work Commission found the dismissal of a casual bartender to be unfair despite there being a valid reason because of the manner in which the disciplinary action was communicated to her. The Fair Work Commission issued a warning to employers when...

  5. Employer fails in procedural fairness

    4 November 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Fair Work Commission found in a recent case that an employee was unfairly dismissed. The employer alleged the employee had stolen company property. However, it was later found that the investigation process lacked procedural fairness. In Issue A...

  6. Reminder: Separate romance and work

    28 September 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission demonstrates how romantic relationships in the workplace can interfere with the professional employment relationship, and how decisions made in the “heat of the moment” may be dangerous. In Issue...

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