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Don’t tell me the party’s over: the Fair Work Commission considers the physical and temporal limitations to managerial intervention into the office Christmas party - Nov 2015

In the lead up to end-of-year festivities, Emily Haar, Associate, reviews the decision in Keenan v Leighton Boral Amey NSW Pty Ltd [2015] FWC 3156 where it was found to be unfair to rely upon multiple instances of misconduct occurring after the official end of an office Christmas party in dismissing an employee.

Recent Agency Resources released to complement the Australian Privacy Principles - Nov 2015

Consistent with its advices on commencement of the major amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has published two important agency resources in recent times worthy of note. These relate to protection of privacy of Tax File Number information and the sending of private information overseas. Partner, Stephen Hughes, discusses.

Top 12 Enterprise Bargaining Tips - Nov 2015

In 1975, the United States Postal Service issued a new stamp evoking the sense of purpose which then underlay enterprise bargaining. Two overlapping circles, one red, one blue, identified a purple aspect of overlap as if that sweet spot is available in every collective bargaining negotiation. At the time, the then-US President Gerald Ford commented “Our people cannot live on islands of self-interest. We must build bridges … One of the longest and sturdiest bridges in this land is collective bargaining ...”.

Partner, Tim Lange, discusses his top enterprise bargaining tips.

Waterfront “Code of Silence” Warrants Anti-Bullying Orders - Nov 2015

Can the new Commission anti-bullying jurisdiction be used to wrest back responsibility for workplace conduct from rogue elements intent on influencing workplace behaviour without reference to the employer? The Fair Work Commission has now given strong support to the view that it can.

The Commission has now handed down one of the most anticipated decisions in its anti-bullying jurisdiction this week: Bowker & Ors v DP World & MUA [2015] FWC 7312.

Associate, Hannah Linossier and Law Graduate, Katherine Lee discuss the recent decision and the key issues employers should be aware of when taking steps to prevent and deal with bullying in the workplace.

Workplace Relations: The Productivity Commission Blueprint for Renovation - Aug 2015

Professor Andrew Stewart summarises the Productivity Commission’s draft report on the workplace relations framework, which resists calls for radical change but proposes a limited number of reforms to address deficiencies in the Fair Work regime.

Implementing an Enforceable Drug and Alcohol Policy - Aug 2015

Partner, Tim Capelin and Lawyer, Amrita Kumar look at some of the practical issues to consider when considering the implementation of an enforceable workplace drug and alcohol policy.

Paid Parental Leave and double dipping - what will happen next? - Jul 2015

Partner, Erin McCarthy, and Lawyer, Eliza Hampton, look at the Federal Government’s Fairer Parental Leave Bill 2015 and what it means for employers.

Can an employer also be an employee? - Jul 2015

Professor Andrew Stewart analyses a recent case which highlights the different approaches that judges can take to determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contactor. He exclusively consults to Piper Alderman’s Employment Relations team.

Accrual of leave during workers compensation absence - Jul 2015

In our January 2015 Employment Matters, the Piper Alderman Employment Relations team considered the decision of the Federal Circuit Court in relation to the accrual of leave and workers compensation. Senior Associate, Ben Motro and Associate, Hannah Linossier, provide an update to that decision.

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