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Social media: be careful what you post

Posting about an employer while employed can impact on an employee being awarded their job back. Social Media Rant- a tempting trap? The impact that social media, and specifically what an employee posts on social media, is being more frequently considered in the employment context. For example, since the “boom” of social media platforms like … Read more

2016: trends & sleepers

Welcome back for 2016! What the early cases are already telling us in 2016 – the race for change is on.  What are your competitors potentially doing that you are not?  The Fair Work Act places multiple hurdles to change. Whether it be business necessity or not, those hurdles are now really being tested – with … Read more

Hospitalisation due to mental health can be an exceptional circumstances for the purposes of unfair dismissal

Further to our developing series on workplace mental health, this employee claimed incapacity due to hospitalisation for mental health but was still able to brief a lawyer, make a bullying complaint and lodge an application from his hospital bed. Nevertheless, this is perfectly understandable and Deputy President Kovacic found that this was an exceptional circumstance … Read more

Workplace relations: dismissal found to be unfair because the misconduct was caused by mental health issues

In another case on what is becoming a rush of decisions involving mental health claims, see Vernham v Jayco Caravans. In this case, the employee threatened that he would “go postal” and complained to some people that he was suicidal. The company conceded that the day before the threat he was in an agitated state. … Read more