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Parliament set to follow Fair Work Commission’s casual conversion lead

The Federal Government is proposing to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 to ensure that all casual employees have a right to ...

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How a smoko before work led to a broken leg (and workers’ compensation)

A Queensland Court has held that a worker directed to arrive at work 10 minutes prior to her start time was covered by t...

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Sham contracting in the home care industry

The Federal Circuit Court recently issued penalties of $216,000 against two labour hire companies and two of their senio...

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WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene – Casuals are still casuals

The recent decision about casual employment in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene has received a lot of publicity. The Full Court o...

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Update: Long Service Benefits Portability Scheme Passes Parliament

On 4 September 2018, the Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018 (Bill) was debated in the Legislative Council Commi...

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Enhancing the workplace or an intrusion of privacy? As surveillance technology continues to evolve, so too will the debate

Surveillance in the workplace is a topic which attracts controversy. Employers will argue that surveillance technology m...

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Drawing the line: when “workplace banter” is unacceptable conduct

A recent Fair Work Commission decision has likened racial slurs made by an employee to incidents of sexual harassment ca...

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Fair Work Commission Approves 3.5% Increase to Minimum Wage

The Fair Work Commission has today released its annual wage review for the 2017-2018 financial year.

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Greater Long Service Leave flexibility in Victoria by 1 November 2018

The Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) has now been passed by parliament, with the new Act set to come into effect by 1 N...

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Long Service Benefits Portability Scheme – What community service employers need to know

The Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018, if it is passed, will have significant implications for the long servic...

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Corrupting benefits laws – what do employers need to know?

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) has been amended to prohibit “sweetheart deals” between employers and unions by criminalisi...