Employee’s loss of licence justifies employer decision to stand down

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has rejected a CFMEU demand for an employer to either continue paying or find alternative work for an employee who had lost his driving licence. Instead, the Full Bench confirmed employees have an obligation to be ready, willing and able to perform the work they have been engaged to perform, and any loss of essential licences or permits to work would only entitle them to access accrued leave or leave without pay. Facts Thomas Goldspring was employed by BHP in a mine where his position required a driver’s licence. In June 2016 he was caught driving with a suspended licence and a month later fined and his licence suspended for 1 month. On reporting to

Recent changes to safeguard vulnerable workers and domestic violence victims

All employers need to be aware of changes that have taken place, as recent as 1 August 2018, and the likely effect on their business. This includes the introduction of unpaid domestic violence leave for award-covered employees and the extension of liability for franchisors and holding companies involved in the exploitation of employees. New family violence leave entitlements The Fair Work Commission has updated Modern Awards, effective 1 August 2018, to include a new clause allowing employees to take unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence. The new entitlement provides employees with 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year. The model clause provided by the F

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