The True Cost of Work Injuries

The True Cost of Work-Related Injury, Illness and Disease in Australia

Work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths impose real and significant costs on employers, workers and the community.

These include both direct costs and indirect costs.  Direct costs include items such as workers’ compensation premiums paid by employers or payments to injured or incapacitated workers. (more…)

Dismissal upheld – Confidential client list

The Fair Work Commission has dismissed an employee’s application for unfair dismissal, finding that the employer’s decision to terminate the employee for serious misconduct was reasonable as the employee’s action can be construed as constituting a breach of the confidentiality obligations in her employment contract.

An employee who held the position of Account Executive was terminated by her employer for serious misconduct after she submitted her resignation. The employee subsequently lodged an unfair dismissal claim.

The Account Executive tendered her resignation on 28 April 2016 indicating that her last day would be 31 May 2016. On 3 May 2016, she was immediately dismissed when the employer discovered that she had emailed the employer’s client list to her private email account on two separate occasions after she provided notice of her resignation. (more…)

2016 New Year Message

January 2016 – Message from the Managing Director

The team at Workplace Partners wishes you a very happy and successful New Year!

The beginning of a New Year is an exciting time for your business, as you prepare and plan for a great season ahead.

Now is a good time to review your past performance and the systems and processes you have in place and to plan the changes which will lead to your business being more successful. (more…)

Work Functions – Avoid the Ho…Ho…NO!

End of the year functions are a great way to celebrate the year that has been with your staff and clients. As the year draws near to a close, most employees are eagerly waiting to unwind and enjoy all the benefits that the festivities bring.

But before you pop that champagne or make a toast, and whether you are managing the function in-house or through an external party here are some tips to promote a safe and enjoyable celebration that will help you in promoting a positive corporate image (more…)

Managing Excessive Annual Leave

If you have employees that have accrued excessive amounts of annual leave, this article will step you through the actions you can take as an employer to minimise the liability.

Accrual of excessive annual leave can be detrimental to both an employer and an employee (more…)

Annual Wage Review decision by Fair Work Commission has resulted in an increase for 2015/2016.

Today, the Annual Wage Review panel handed down its decision to increase the national minimum wage.

Effective 1 July 2015, the national minimum wage will increase by 2.5%,  lifting it to $656.90 per week or $17.29 per hour. Modern award minimum weekly wages will also increase by 2.5%. (more…)

Smoke & Mirrors – SA Retailers get landmark penalty deals

If you have been paying close attention to the news lately, you would have heard of the deal that has been struck between the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) and Business SA.


Employer ordered to pay $130,000 – Sexual Harassment Claim

In a landmark appeal decision [Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Ltd [2014] FCAFC 82 – the Full Bench of the Federal Court awarded the applicant a significant increase in compensation for a sexual harassment claim from $18,000 to $130,000.


Wage Review by Fair Work Commission results in increase

Annual Wage Review decision by Fair Work Commission has resulted in an increase for 2014/2015.

On 4 June 2014, the Annual Wage Review panel handed down its decision to increase the national minimum wage.


Changes to Superannuation Rate

Effective 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate will increase to 9.5%. This rate will be kept at 9.5% until 30 June 2018 where the Superannuation Rate will most likely increase again.