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AHA (Vic) CEO Brian Kearney updates members on priority issues AHA (Vic) staff are addressing to achieve favourable business outcomes for members.

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Workplace Wrap Article: Pregnancy And Return To Work - High Prevalence Of Discrimination

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released its Headline Prevalence Data for its National Review, entitled Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review. The Review included an Australia-wide national consultation process and two national surveys, which Australia is one of the few countries to have undertaken.

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Workplace Wrap Article: Overpayments To Employees - How To Get Your Money Back

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, April 17, 2014
Employers often mistakenly overpay the wages or entitlements due under an employee’s contract of employment or relevant employment law. But how do you recover the money?

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Workplace Wrap Article: Bullying Orders - How Do They Work?

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, April 17, 2014
What type of bullying orders can be issued by the Fair Work Commission under the recent changes to the Fair Work Act? What other options do employees have?

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Workplace Wrap Article: Workplace Bullying - Fair Work Commission Decision

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Fair Work Act 2009  Read More

Workplace Wrap Article: Research shows that employees are not reporting harassment

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Retail and hospitality workers who are sexually harassed by customers at work might not feel they are able to report and deal with the abuse, according to university research. 

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Workplace Wrap Article: Sacked for 'religion' - managers need education

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Maximum damages have been awarded against an employer that dismissed an employee because it objected to her religion. Read More

Member Update: Four Year Modern Award Review

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Members would be aware of the Fair Work Commission (“FWC”) 2 year modern award review that commenced in 2012, and of the valuable amendments AHA achieved in the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 (“HIGA”) as a result. Read More

Workplace Wrap Article: Calling your boss a w..ker is not job ending

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Inferring the boss is a "w--ker" in an all-staff email is rarely a good career move, but the Fair Work Commission has found that it should not have been a job-ending one for a building company senior manager, despite it being "ill-considered" and "offensive".

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Workplace Wrap Article: Graeme Kirk knows the feeling of being at the wrong end of the law

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Prosecuted under occupational health and safety legislation, he was blamed for the death of his farm manager and friend Graham Palmer in 2001, and convicted and fined $121,000 by the NSW Industrial Court.

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Fair Work Commission releases first anti-bullying statistics

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Fair Work Amendment Act 2013 amended the Fair Work Act 2009 to provide the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) with the power to make orders to stop bullying at work.

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Bullying and Workplace Violence

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, January 16, 2014
Workplace bullying is endemic in Australian workplaces and as a result the Federal Government has taken action.

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New Year Starts With Red Tape And Cost Headaches For Employers

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, January 16, 2014
The following media release was published by ACCI on 1 January 2014. Read More

From 1 January 2014 Employers Must Consult With Employees About Roster Changes And Changing Of Hours

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, January 16, 2014
From 1 January 2014 all modern awards including the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 (HIGA) include a provision requiring employers to consult with affected employees about a change to their regular roster or ordinary hours of work. Read More

Interested in preventing crime at your hotel?

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Monday, December 09, 2013

The following presentation and documents provided by Victoria Police will assist with preventing and managing crime at your hotel.  Read More

Right Of Entry To The Workplace - New Rules Under The Fair Work Act 2009

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, November 21, 2013
Union officials’ right of entry  Read More

Workplace Wrap Article: Christmas Cheer Gone Wrong

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, November 21, 2013
A High Court ruling that a worker's sex-related injury did not occur "in the course of employment" is good news for employers, but not great comfort in the lead-up to the silly season, according to employment lawyers.  Read More

Workplace Wrap Article: Get Home Safely For Christmas

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Compensation For Melbourne Manager Over Post-Maternity Leave Treatment

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, October 10, 2013

A national childcare and education company will pay $16,000 compensation to a former manager of one its Melbourne centres after contravening workplace laws by failing to return the employee to her position after maternity leave. Read More

Workers Compensation and Minimum Employment Period

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, October 10, 2013

If an employee has been on workers compensation during the probationary period / minimum employment period, is this time counted for the purposes of bringing an unfair dismissal application? Read More

Critical Measures To Counter Workplace Bullying Claims

Posted by: Astra Bridges | Thursday, October 10, 2013

Much has been said and written about changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 that will result in an avenue of immediate redress for bullied workers, for the first time in Australia’s history. Given the uncertainty around the likely impact of these changes, which take effect on 1 January 2014, organisations should take to protect themselves from being one of the early “sacrificial lambs” as the new laws’ boundaries are tested.  Read More

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