Being an employer in modern times is not easy. There are many things to consider, such as insurances, business licences and registrations, hiring and retention of employees and maintaining a healthy cash flow and revenue, to name a few. Unfortunately, many businesses do not have the time or resources to consider such issues and leave [...]
My workforce is no longer subject to vaccination mandates – but what are my ongoing OH&S obligations as an employer?
As many of you would be aware, the majority of Victorian workers are no longer covered by specific Pandemic Orders relating to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. Unless your business operates in the healthcare, aged-care or emergency services areas, it is no longer mandatory for workers to be vaccinated in order to attend the workplace. But what [...]
Fair Work Commission Full Bench Decision Upholds Dismissal of Unvaccinated Worker Who Refused Flu Shot
Kimber v Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care  FWCFB 6015 An Appeal to the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission in NSW has been unsuccessful, with the Full Bench majority upholding the dismissal of a receptionist at a NSW aged care facility who refused to get a flu vaccination shot. This decision will surely [...]
Yes. But the request must be considered ‘reasonable’. If an employer requests an employee to work on different days, or at different times (outside of their ‘ordinary hours’), the employee must consider the request and cannot unreasonably refuse. A ‘reasonable’ refusal would be situations such as caregiving responsibilities. If an employee unreasonably refuses the request, [...]