The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has expressed concern on the Federal Court ruling of Workpac verus Skene of awarding a casual employee accrued annual leave highlighting a lack of clarity around the definition of a casual employee under the Fair Work legislation. Read more.
CCIQ takes over 700 calls every month from employers across Queensland and provides advice on how much they need to pay. Read more.
Queensland’s unemployment rate remained at 6.1% (on a trend basis) in July, lagging the national benchmark at 5.4% as job growth in both part-time roles than full-time positions remains subdued. Read more.
Sexually inappropriate texts to co-workers a valid reason for dismissal: Co-workers not required to tell employee to stop
Sexual harassment in the workplace is currently a prevalent topic. The #MeToo campaign and the Human Rights Commission launch of a year-long harassment inquiry has brought harassment onto the centre stage. A recent case in the Fair Work Commission, Colin Ramon Reguero-Puente v City of Rockingham, considered the misconduct of an employee relating to sexually inappropriate communications with co-workers, and whether employees had to expressly tell someone to stop this conduct for it to constitute misconduct. Read more.
Employer to pay $600,000 to former employee after failing to separate worker with violent criminal past before physical assault
The Queensland District Court (QDC) has found a specialist butchery business was negligent in failing to separate two co-workers before a physical assault occurred in its workplace, ordering it to pay almost $600,000 in damages to the injured worker. Read more.
In the final article of the Currency Strategy series with CCIQ partner, OFX, we explore the considerations when choosing a Currency Specialist – from security & regulation, fees, strategy options, customer service and technologies. Read more.
Queensland Building Approvals Move into Settled Phase as Apartment Glut Moderates Read more.
The June quarter of inflation read of 0.4% has masked the rising cost of fuel prices which rose 6.9% over the same period according to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Read more.