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    Social media in the workplace: think twice before you post

    By Philip van den Heever on Oct 25, 2019 3:47:38 PM

    Events in the past few months have drawn attention to the role of social media in our workplace. The Israel Folau case has again raised important questions such as: ‘to what extend can employees be disciplined and held accountable for comments made on social media sites?’ or ‘where is the line drawn between comments made in ‘personal time’ and comments made ‘in the workplace’?’ or  ‘when is something written under the disguise of ‘personal opinion’ or ‘freedom of speech’  in reality bullying and harassment, slander or defamation?’ 

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    MasterChef or MasterCrook?

    By Philip van den Heever on Jul 24, 2019 3:31:56 PM

    George Calombaris, celebrity chef and famous judge on MasterChef Australia, through his Company, Made Establishment, has been found to have underpaid more than 500 staff to the tune of $7.8 million. Last week, under a court-enforceable undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman, the embattled chef and his company is required to pay $200,000.00 as a ‘contrition payment’. George has blamed ‘error’ in systems and processes.  

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    There's talk my employees want to join a union

    By Philip van den Heever on May 3, 2019 3:31:00 PM

    To get to the root of the problem, you have to ask yourself the question: “Why do my employees want to join a union?” Reasons for joining a union usual falls within these 5 categories (1) higher wages or benefits, (2) job security, (3) lack of recognition, (4) lack of participation or (5) social reasons including ‘peer pressure’.

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    Government moves to bring fairness to the Fair Work Act

    By Philip van den Heever on Dec 20, 2018 8:59:00 AM

    The Morrison Government has announced that it intends to amend the Fair Work Act to protect employers from casual employees ‘double-dipping’: where long-term casual employees are deemed to be ‘permanent employees’ for purposes of leave entitlements.

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    Major Changes for Casual Employees

    By Philip van den Heever on Oct 16, 2018 5:30:00 PM

    Since the 1st October 2018, casual employees now have a greater chance in becoming permanent employees. The Fair Work Commission has amended 98 Modern Awards to allow a mechanism by which casual employees of 12 months can request a transfer to be a permanent employee.

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