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drugs and alcohol in the workplace

Drugs and alcohol at work – a dismissible offence?

Dismissing an employee who turns up for work while drunk or on drugs might seem like the right thing to do at the time, however hasty decisions could expose employers to substantial legal risk.

While in certain circumstances it may be reasonable to dismiss an employee who has tested positive for drugs or alcohol, it is critical for employers need to follow their own workplace policies.

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The Demise of Enterprise Agreements – Is the Fair Work Commission to Blame?

I read with interest an article that appeared in The Australian on Friday 9 August 2019. That article was an opinion piece and commentary on the difficulties that businesses now face in trying to have Enterprise Agreements (EAs) approved by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The article was written by Steve Knox who is chief executive of Australian resources and energy group Australian Mines  and Metals (AMMA).

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Dealing with Romances in the Workplace

Has the #metoo era dimmed the enthusiasm of workers for workplace romance? When writing this article, Tina Turner’s words are echoing in my head. The #metoo movement has now brought to light the dangers of workplace relationships and therefore it is an opportune time to take a look at office romances (and break-ups) and the steps employers should take to ensure they don’t get caught up in the #metoo turmoil.

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Sexually Harassed by Colleague and Flawed Investigation Results in $150K damages

A woman has been awarded $150,000 in damages for a psychiatric injury after she was sexually harassed by a colleague. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) also heavily criticised her employer in the decision for failing to conduct an impartial investigation.

The accused male employee and the victim’s employer, Parker Manufactured Products, were ordered to jointly pay $130,000. In addition, the company was ordered to pay an extra $20,000 in damages.

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