Queensland’s ‘best practice principles’ for major projects

Pursuant to the Queensland Procurement Policy 2021, the Queensland Government may apply certain ‘Best Practice Principles’ (or BPPs) to major state government projects (valued at $100 million and above) and declared projects, in accordance with guidance issued by the Department of Energy and Public Works and the Office of Industrial Relations. In practice, the application […]

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Employer obligations when hiring overseas workers amid the reopening of Australia’s international borders

Australia’s national cabinet has maintained that Australia will continue with its plans to reopen its borders to international travellers, despite the recent discovery of the new omicron COVID-19 variant. An increase in arrivals of international workers looking to fill critical skill vacancies is expected, in the hopes of aiding Australia’s ongoing recovery from the impact […]

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Workplace Investigations – Is your house in order?

Workplaces have changed considerably over recent years. Compliance is increasingly complex, there are multiple avenues for complaints and the costs involved continue to rise. As a consequence, it is inevitable that complaints will be raised in the workplace, irrespective of the number of employees or the industry. Complaints regarding bullying, discrimination, harassment, unprofessional or unethical […]

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Sexual harassment and obligations of employers – Part 2

This is the second instalment of a two-part series which canvasses workplace sexual harassment, who is most at risk and what Australian employers do to address sexual harassment in the workplace and limit their liability. Part 1 covered how workplace sexual harassment is defined and provided an overview of the relevant legislation and highlighted who […]

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Sexual harassment and obligations of employers – Part 1

This is the first instalment of a two-part series which canvasses workplace sexual harassment, who is most at risk and what Australian employers should do to address sexual harassment in the workplace and limit their liability. Introduction In 2020, the Australian Human Rights Commission (Commission) released the Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020) (Report) […]

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Casual IR reforms – A new frontier for employers

On 9 December 2020, the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, Christian Porter introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (IR Reform Bill) to Parliament, which sought to make significant reforms to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) and other related legislation. The IR Reform Bill was drafted following […]

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COVID-19 | Is your policy register current?

The highly infectious nature of COVID-19, the ability of the virus to kill, and the disastrous impact the virus has shown it can have on a national economy all lead to one certain point.  Once a vaccine for COVID-19 is available every employer will need to consider whether they are doing enough in their workplace […]

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COVID-19 | Financial Assistance for Employers and Employees

Many Australians have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For business, this has involved significant decreases in turnover, and for individuals, the loss of jobs and reductions in income. In response to this crisis, the Australian Government has introduced a number of financial support measures, including those set out in the Coronavirus Economic Response […]

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Performance management, workplace bullying and reasonable management action

The management of employee performance is a key component for every successful organisation. However, performance management by its very nature, is difficult and can often lead to a range of legal risks for businesses. One particularly difficult scenario is where an employee alleges the performance management process, or the way in which performance management is […]

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Modern Slavery Act

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (‘Act’) commenced on 1 January 2019 and requires organisations with an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100 million to report annually on the risks of modern slavery within their supply chain. The Act is similar to the UK legislation. Organisations will be required to submit their first report after the […]

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Public servants can be liable for social media posts

In the landmark case of Comcare v Michaela Banerji[1] handed down on Wednesday, the High Court unanimously overturned a ruling that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship imposed an unjustified burden on the implied freedom of political communication when dismissing Banerji because of her contentious political tweets.   Background While employed at the Department of […]

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Human Rights Act – employment claims

The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (HRA), which is expected to commence operation on 1 January 2020, will materially influence public sector decision-making in Queensland by limiting the exercise of government power.  It is essential for public entities to prepare for the new regime as it will place a magnifying glass over decision making. This […]

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