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The South Australian Industrial Relations Court has recorded the first conviction against a company for failing to comply with the duty to consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with other duty holders in relation to work health and safety matters. A trainee and apprentice placement organisation, Trainee and Apprentice Placement Services Inc. (TAPS), was fined $12,000, a fraction of the potential maximum penalty of $100,000, for breach of consultation obligations (for a corporation) under the Model…

The Fair Work Commission has rejected an employee’s claim that she was bullied because she was performance-managed, finding that the performance management was “reasonable management action undertaken in a reasonable manner”, even where the organisation had failed to effectively performance manage its employees in preceding years. Background The employee was working as a case worker consultant for The Salvation Army’s Employment Plus job seeking service. In this role, the employee was required to assist job…

The Fair Work Commission has released an updated version of its “Anti-bullying Benchbook” to assist parties lodging or responding to bullying claims made to the Commission. The information book was first published in January 2014 when the Fair Work Act anti-bullying provisions commenced. It is intended to provide guidance regarding the Fair Work Act’s anti-bullying provisions and act as a “how to” manual for parties preparing materials to be submitted to the Commission in a…

Undoubtedly, one of the main reasons for the spring in everyone’s step at this time of year is the fast approaching holiday period. It’s that time when many of us take advantage of public holidays and eat into a good portion of annual leave to unwind and recharge for the next year ahead. In the corporate world, most workplaces will typically shut-up shop just prior to Christmas Day, and employ only skeleton staff until the…