Unfair dismissal; valid reason and lawful instructions

As a general principle, employers have the right to expect employees to comply with the employer’s lawful and reasonable instructions….

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When must an employee comply?

An employer is entitled to issue an instruction to an employee if it is lawful and reasonable. A direction or…

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Unfair dismissal; what is a lawful and reasonable instruction

An employee who wilfully ignores complying with an employer’s lawful and reasonable instruction, or a valid policy, faces the risk…

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Employer policies; compulsory submission of personal information

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has granted a former employee reasonably rare permission to appeal against a…

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Employer rights; directing an employee to be medically examined

An employer has a common law right to direct an employee to attend and be examined by a medical practitioner…

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Employer policies; the fair work implications

Lawful and reasonable policies and directions; the fair work consequences It is accepted by fair work practitioners that a refusal…

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Access to medical records of employee by employer Part 1

I am often asked whether an employer can lawfully demand access to an employee’s private medical records. The demand is…

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Can employer ban an employee from having another job? The end

Yesterday, we established that as a general rule Australian common law will uphold an employment contract which contains a prohibition…

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Conflicts of interest in employment law

I often come across the issue whether an employee has a relevant conflict of interest which is a legitimate point…

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Standing down employees

There is no common law right which Australian employers have to stand down an employee or employees without pay during…

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