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WNA Blog Home » Employee Rights Articles

Franchisee Employee Matters – Matter!

February 14, 2017 | Simone Pentis

Last year we provided an update regarding the issues the 7-Eleven franchise network’s suffered as a result of the failures of a number of its franchisee’s meeting their employer obligations. These issues have been an ongoing saga for the network, where following the Fair Work Ombudsman’s further investigations, the Fair Work Ombudsman has now published […]



Managing Conflict in the Workplace: How Women Do It?

August 29, 2016 | Fonthip Ward

Workplaces are becoming increasingly more fast-pasted and globalized, which increases the opportunities for professional development, but also increases the likelihood that conflicts will occur within the workplace. Conflicts are difficult challenges women face in the workplace because of how men and women approach conflict situations. But there are constructive ways that conflict can be managed […]



Learning’s From The 7 Eleven Franchise Scandal

May 10, 2016 | Simone Pentis

The convenience chain 7-Eleven franchisee employee wage scandal arguably rocked the franchising industry when it was brought to light and continues to have material implications on the franchising industry. As a result of the media investigation that very publicly brought to light that numerous Australian franchisees within the 7-Eleven chain were underpaying their workers, members […]



The Curse of Sisypus

January 27, 2015 | Thomas Downey

Do you have days when you feel like you are Sisypus? In Greek mythology, Sisypus was punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever. He was caught in an endless cycle of futility and frustration, and in spite […]



Parental Leave and Flexible Working Arrangements Changes

April 7, 2014 | Mandy Cann

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Employees get unpaid parental leave when a new child is born or adopted. Parental leave includes maternity leave (for mums), paternity leave (for dads and partners) and adoption leave as well as other types of special leave. The key changes that were effective from the 1st July 2013 are listed below: Transfer to a safe job […]



Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset – your people (Part 1)

March 18, 2014 | Sarah Savvas

Don’t you ever wonder what happened to the days when employees worked for one company for life or at least for the better part of their career, when companies treated employees like part of the family and employees were unwaveringly loyal to their employers?  With this era being as good as over, and with employees […]



New Bullying In The Workplace Laws

March 4, 2014 | Mandy Cann

With the new bullying laws coming into effect from the 1st January 2014, is your business ready to defend a claim if required?  The laws now allow those who are being bullied to go directly to the Fair Work Commission to seek an order.  The Fair Work Commission will make whatever order they see fit and […]



Can An Employee ‘Cash Out’ Accrued Annual Leave?

January 15, 2014 | Mandy Cann

For employees covered by an award or agreement, cashing out of annual leave is permitted if the award or agreement allows it. Award or agreement-free employees may agree to cash out annual leave at any time. However, in all cases the following applies: the employee must retain an entitlement to at least four weeks paid […]



How Does Personal/Carers Leave Accrue?

October 7, 2013 | Mandy Cann

The National Employment Standards establish minimum entitlements for permanent employees to receive: paid personal/carer’s leave unpaid carer’s leave paid or unpaid compassionate leave. These forms of leave are designed to help an employee deal with personal illness, caring responsibilities, family emergencies, and the death or serious illness of close family members. Casual employees are eligible […]



Is an Employer Required to Give a Job Description to the Employee?

September 6, 2013 | Mandy Cann

A job description, also known as a position description or role statement, is a statement that explains a job and the key accountabilities of that job. Although not required, writing a job description, and giving a copy to the employee, will help clarify the skills and traits you need the new employee to have. The […]