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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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Local Government Alert

Fair Work Commission decides municipal council is covered by anti-bullying jurisdiction

On 18 December 2018, the Fair Work Commission determined that the City of Port Phillip is a constitutional corporation, ...

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Workplace Relations Alert

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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Workplace Relations Alert

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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Workplace Relations Alert

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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Workplace Relations Alert

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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Workplace Relations Alert

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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Workplace Relations Alert

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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Workplace Relations Alert

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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Workplace Relations Alert

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...

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Local Government Alert

Sexual harassment – is your Councillor Code of Conduct up to the task?

The ongoing process arising from the allegations against Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has highlighted the fact that...

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Workplace Relations Alert

Expansion of the Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme – new employment screening obligations in effect

On 1 November 2017, the Victorian Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme was expanded to cover all disability services provi...