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Employee’s refusal to attend medical examination results in valid dismissal

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • July 25 2014

In the recent decision of Darrin Grant v BHP Coal Pty Ltd 2014 FWCFB 3027, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission upheld the decision of

When are employers responsible for the actions of their employees?

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • July 19 2012

In the recent decision of Blake v JR Perry Nominees Pty Ltd 2012 VSCA 122 the Victorian Court of Appeal considered when an employer will be vicariously liable for their employee’s actions

Refusing to work mandatory roster of overtime: a workplace right

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
  • -
  • December 18 2012

The broad reach of the provisions in the Fair Work Act was again highlighted in a recent Federal Magistrates Court decision which found that an

When can an employer take industrial action?

  • Piper Alderman
  • -
  • Australia
  • -
  • July 13 2012

In the recent decision of Australian and International Pilots Association v Fair Work Australia 2012 FCAFC 65, the Federal Court has rejected a claim that industrial action taken by an employer must be proportionate or reasonable, in order that it be considered (protected) employer response industrial action

Manager’s harassment of contractor out of sight, but not out of the workplace, over drinks

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
  • -
  • September 24 2014

Giving clear directions to workers prohibiting harassment and bullying connected to the workplace, as well as at the workplace, has become more

The hidden costs of workplace harassment

  • Piper Alderman
  • -
  • Australia
  • -
  • September 25 2014

In 2010 Rebecca Richardson filed a claim with the Federal Court alleging that her colleague, Randol Tucker, had sexually harassed her and that the

Genuine redundancy payment taxpayer over 65 age discrimination

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • August 27 2013

One of the requirements for a taxpayer to be entitled to the tax concession for a genuine redundancy payment is an age requirement. This means that

What are “all reasonable steps” to prevent harassment? Check the guidelines

  • Piper Alderman
  • -
  • Australia
  • -
  • February 28 2013

In the recent decision of Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Ltd 2013 FCA 102, the Federal Court found that Rebecca Richardson was

The loss of legal privilege: be careful what you ask for and what you say about what you get

  • Piper Alderman
  • -
  • Australia
  • -
  • September 25 2014

The Federal Circuit Court recently ordered an employer to release a law firm’s report into the actions of an employee which its Board had

Employee’s redundancy imposes barrier to enforcement of non-competition restraint

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • December 1 2011

In the recent decision of Ecolab Pty Limited v Stephen Garland (2011) NSWSC 1095, Justice Brereton of the NSW Supreme Court has refused to enforce a postemployment restraint, which sought to prevent a former employee from competing with his former employer