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Can you dismiss an Employee for Excessive Sick Leave?

The not so simple answer to the questions is, Yes you can dismiss an employee for excessive sick leave and No you can't unless you have done everything correctly. Let me explain. Firstly, it is unlawful to treat an employee adversely (e.g. to dismiss them) because...

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$80,000 Company Fine for Subcontractors Fall from Height

In May 2011, the construction company ABD Group was the principal contractor for building an apartment block. At the time, there were various carpenters employed by a sub-contractor installing particle flooring to joists. The sub-contractor’s safe work method...

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PPE is Not Optional

What do you do when a worker refuses to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) or only wears it ‘when they feel like it’? What are your obligations and legal responsibilities to your workers in this situation if someone does get injured?If your risk assessment of...

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Million Dollar WHS fine for Glass Company

A District Court has imposed NSW’s highest-ever fine on a window glass company - $1 million – after a contract worker suffered an electric shock, causing burns to 30 percent of his body.On 19 June 2014, the 49-year-old man, a contractor of WGA Pty Ltd (WGA), was...

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Director Fined for Working at Heights with No Protection

A Darwin crane hire and rigging company director has been caught on camera twice in two days climbing on a tower crane without the appropriate fall protection measures in place.He was subsequently convicted and fined $11,800 in the Darwin Local Court after pleading...

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Franchisee Fined $180,000

The Fair Work Ombudsmen took Saandeep Chokhani to Court for making a worker pay back $18,000 in wages through an unlawful cash-back scheme and successfully secured more than $180,000 in penalties. Chokhani – who, with his wife, formerly owned and ran the Coffee Club...

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