Termination of employment; private business by employees

In a recent decision of the Fair Work Commission it was held that an employer had a valid reason for…

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Unfair dismissal and work social events

Unfair dismissal and conduct at social events It is a regrettable modern fact that the conduct of staff at social…

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Employee obligations; not to establish competitive business?

Employee setting up competing business I find it curious that there appears to be a doctrine in unfair dismissal law…

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The duty of fidelity in employment

A Full Court of the Federal Court has held an employer liable for the actions of two employees who were…

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Employees have a duty to be helpful

“Employees reasonably can be expected to work harmoniously with one another and have regard to the sensitivities of other people…

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Safety is king in unfair dismissal cases, or is it?

The Fair Work Commission will discount an award of compensation for unfair dismissal if it finds that although a dismissal…

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Where to look for employees’ legal duties?

The legal obligations owed by employees to their employers have various sources. They may be express, for example from the…

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Ready about; Fair Work Commission provides employers with clear air over entrenched workplace conflict

Sorting out personality clashes between colleagues is a nightmare for employers, and of course the affected employees, particularly where it…

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When is working a second job acceptable

A Vice President of the Fair Work Commission has upheld a claim of unfair dismissal by an employee who was…

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