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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Dismissal claims balloon; Gender pay progress stalls; and more

COVID-19 has caused unfair dismissal claims and stand down disputes to skyrocket. Also in this article: gender pay progress stalls; mental health is the biggest issue facing employers; and more.

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Sick leave management requires more rigour

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

Managing sick employees on an ad hoc basis increases the risk of claims and undocumented absences, making it critical for employers to enforce clear sick leave policies, a workplace lawyer says. » more »

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, DISPUTES & UNIONS
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High Court overturns "absurd" personal leave ruling

Allowing employees to take 10 days' personal leave per year regardless of how many hours they work would give rise to "absurd and inequitable outcomes", the High Court has ruled in overturning the landmark Mondelez decision. » more »

TERMINATION
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Requested workplace changes weren't 'reasonable adjustments'

The Fair Work Commission has accepted that an employer dismissed a manager for being unable to perform the inherent requirements of her role, after she requested workplace changes that were more akin to "outcomes" than reasonable adjustments. » more »

HEALTH, WELLBEING & SAFETY
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Webcast: Managing sick leave, illness and absence

It has never been more important for employers to properly manage sick leave and risks of illness in their workplace. In this webcast, a workplace lawyer discusses legal issues and considerations relating to personal leave entitlements, sick leave policies, dismissing sick employees, and more. » more »

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