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What Are The Responsibilities And Entitlements During A Probationary Period?

The concept of a ‘trial period’ or more colloquially “try before you buy” has been accepted as part of the employment relationship for some time and has become more important in recent years as employers face an increasing risk of a costly claim by an employee that the ending of their employment was ‘unfair’. Such […]

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Articles Employment Law September 25, 2015

Fingerprint and DNA Testing for Employees

Fingerprint and DNA testing: Would you let your employer fingerprint you and take your DNA? Of course not. You are wrong, it is about to be implemented at a prominent Brisbane Hospital. Fingerprinting that is. George Orwell 1984 eat your heart out, Pink Floyd will need to release ‘Another Brick in the Wall-Part 4’. This goes […]

Employment Law January 14, 2014

WORK PLACE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT

In the decision in a case known as Ewin v Vergara (No. 3) (2013) the Federal Court has clarified the position under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 as to what is a workplace for the purposes of unlawful sexual harassment. In this case the Respondent attempted to argue that common areas of the office, such […]

Employment Law May 17, 2013

CURSING OR SWEARING IN THE WORKPLACE

The question of whether it is acceptable to swear in the workplace has been recently considered by the Fair Work Commission. In the case of Roderick Macdougall v SCT Pty Limited t/a Sydney City Toyota, Sydney City Toyota dismissed Mr Macdougall for allegedly behaving aggressively towards and swearing at a customer. Mr Macdougall, brought an […]

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