Melissa Sykes

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Zero tolerance approach to pornographic emails is risky

Australia - October 24 2013 A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has found that the dismissal of three employees for sending pornographic emails over a work email system was…

Employer may be able to enforce urine testing after all

Australia - May 23 2013 The Fair Work Commission recently upheld a dismissal of an employee for refusing to provide a urine sample for a random drug and alcohol test. Since…

Notice of employee representational rights must conform

Australia - February 6 2013 A majority of a Full Bench of Fair Work Australia (FWA) has upheld a decision at first instance which found that an enterprise agreement could not be…

New costs approach for Fair Work proceedings before the Full Federal Court

Australia - August 9 2012 A Full Federal Court has found that it can award costs on appeals arising from the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act), even if proceedings are not issued vexatiously or without reasonable cause.

What does the Pilbara decision mean for collective agreements made under the Workplace Relations Act 1996?

Australia - May 15 2012 A Full Federal Court has found that an employee collective agreement made under the now repealed Workplace Relations Act 1996 (WR Act) was invalid, because the scope of the agreement was confined by reference only to the date the employees commenced employment.