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Vinegar Tits & Root or Boot – workplace bullying & harassment?

A Queensland Heath investigation recently cleared a senior manager who nicknamed a female colleague Vinegar Tits. He also played a game known as ‘Root or Boot’ with subordinate team members.  However, workplace advocate Miles Heffernan says such behaviour can constitute bullying and harassment. Following a year-long investigation, the man recently returned to his position as …

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Jab or job? Can your boss insist on COVID-19 vaccination?

We asked an expert — jab or job? Can Australian employers insist on workers receiving a COVID-19 vaccination? The answer — so far — in most cases, no. Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously described jab or job as a decision for individual businesses. “Decisions to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees will be a matter for …

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Paddington restaurant allegedly underpaid 34 visa holders

A Paddington restaurant faces ten times higher than normal fines after allegedly contravening the Fair Work Act. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) claims Moga Paddington continued to underpay its workers following formal cautions. The increased penalties apply to contraventions of the Protecting Vulnerable Workers amendments introduced in 2017. The FWO claim Moga paid flat hourly …

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High Tea fundraiser as Jellybeans program faces funding loss

Open Doors Youth Service Inc supports young LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people aged 12 – 25 years in South-East Queensland. Established 20 years ago, the organisation currently faces a funding challenge to one of its most vital programs. Open Doors continues to lobby governments for funding for the Jellybeans program. In the meantime, community members …

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Ruling demonstrates evolving worker rights in gig economy

A recent ruling by the Fair Work Commission changes the nature of worker rights in the gig economy. The commission ruled that Deliveroo unfairly dismissed rider Diego Franco last year. The ruling contradicts a former commission decision that Uber Eats drivers were not employees. Miles Heffernan from IR Claims told QNews the ruling was significant. …

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Miles Heffernan and the IR Claims Family says the recent royal sideshow highlights the difficulties of working in family firms. Of course, The British royals, who actually refer to themselves as ‘The Firm’, are a special case given the relentless focus on the gilded cage they live in. But Miles says, we can still learn …

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Lessons from apology to Joel Wilkinson for blackface incident

Miles Heffernan says the recent apology from the AFL and Gold Coast Suns to former player Joel Wilkinson illustrates that racial discrimination remains a workplace issue.  Wilkinson previously filed a complaint in the Human Rights Commission over racism. His complaint arose from a 2013 Wacky Wednesday event when two of Wilkinson’s teammates dressed in blackface. …

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Beware Wage Gougers: International students at particular risk

Miles Heffernan says a recent incident at Adelaide’s Gouger Street demonstrates the particular vulnerability of international students to wage gougers. However, as he explains, Australian laws provide protections for all employees in this country, regardless of their residency status. Recent viral footage of an incident at Adelaide’s Fun Tea Cafe highlighted the issue of wage …

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Miles Heffernan on proposed SA laws to outlaw discrimination | IR Claims

South Australian Attorney-General Vicki Chapman will consider submissions made during a recently closed public consultation on proposed new laws to outlaw discrimination. The proposed reforms would legislate to stop religious discrimination against LGBTIQ students and also clients of services. Consideration of the latest reform comes hot on the heels of another win for LGBTIQ+ South …

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The Fork: Know your rights on JobKeeper – Miles Heffernan

In another example of an employer exploiting the JobKeeper wage subsidy, a hotel sacked a worker for refusing to work extra hours. Emma Scealy worked front of house at Hobart’s Customs House Hotel for a year. In March, the hotel told staff it would determine which staff to keep during the coronavirus shutdown. Management then …

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