By John Salter, BTLawyers HR Consultant In a move which has the potential to impact on all employers and their work sites, a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces has been announced by the sex discrimination commissioner Kate [...]
By John Salter The Fair Work Commission President Justice Iain Ross handed down the commission’s annual judgement today on what will be minimum pay rates in Australia for the financial year commencing 1 July 2017- and it seems no one [...]
By Carlen Lowe “Every action in the present prepare us for the future.” ― Lailah GiftyAkita It is something every employer dreads; a workplace accident which causes injury to one of their employees. Knowledge and preparedness however will ensure a [...]
By BTLawyers Long gone are the days when workers wore sneakers and singlets to work sites, hard hats were optional, and workers could be left in charge of machinery without thorough safety training. Instead you’ll now be hard-pressed to find [...]
You’ve got an employee who’s just finished working four straight days of 12-hour shifts. He lives five hours away. At the end of his last shift, he elects to drive home. Three hours into his journey he falls asleep [...]
By John Salter This article was first published by SmartCompany on 6 April 2017. You suspect one of your staff members is regularly turning up to work affected by their drug intake. Or there’s been an incident at work, and [...]
As the NRL season in Australia kicks off for another year, there is one thing that we can be guaranteed to see on the field several times before the season ends – players experiencing a concussion.
By John Salter One day Mary doesn’t show up to work. You don’t hear from her to say that she’s sick, has an injury, or giving any explanation for her absence, and it’s out of character for her to not [...]
Employers: there’s a 1 in 4 chance your female staff members are experiencing domestic violence at home.
By John Salter and Vanessa Hernandez Domestic Violence Awareness Month may be over, but the drive to improve responses to it in the workplace are just beginning. This week, a full bench of the Australian Work Commission is sitting in [...]
By John Salter This article first appeared in Beef Central on 28 October 2016 As an employer, are your policy and process documents really up to scratch when it comes to workplace discipline and cases where a dismissal may be [...]