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Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccine Policies

In the midst of increasing vaccine policies and conflicting public advice, many businesses are more confused than ever with respect to what they can require of their employees with respect to their vaccination status. In public statements, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that it will be up to individual employers to determine what steps […]

Two employees who mainly worked in India not entitled to long service leave entitlements

In a recent judgment of the Court of Appeal of Victoria (the Court), the Court held that two employees were not entitled to long service leave (LSL) entitlements because they primarily performed their work outside of the State of Victoria (the State). In Infosys Technologies Limited v State of Victoria, the Court was required to […]

No Return on Investment for Fund Manager’s Workplace Bullying Claim

In an unusually long and detailed decision stretching over 100 pages, the Fair Work Commission (Commission) has dismissed an application by an investment fund Portfolio Manager seeking ‘stop bullying’ orders against his direct manager (Head of Strategy) and his employer (Funds Management Company) after six days of hearings. The Complaint The Portfolio Manager made a […]

NSW Government Department Fined for Work Health and Safety Breach

Following a tragic accident leading to the death of a disabled child (Child) and his pregnant Support Worker, the NSW Government Department of Communities and Justice (Department) and the Support Worker’s employer (Company) have both been handed significant fines for failing to comply with work health and safety legislation. On 5 September 2017, in the […]

SafeWork Australia Launches New Lung Safety Campaign

SafeWork Australia has announced a new campaign related to occupational lung diseases. The campaign, entitled ‘Clean Air. Clear Lungs’, focuses on less known and often unseen risks to the health of workers’ lungs in a variety of working environments. The knowledge of the workplace risk of developing lung diseases has increased in recent years. While […]

Delivery Giant Loses Landmark Case

In a recent case before the Fair Work Commission a Deliveroo rider (“Mr Franco”) has been deemed to be an employee and not an independent contractor, and therefore a person protected from unfair dismissal. This case is a major breakthrough for the Transport Workers Union’s continuing bid to establish that gig workers are employees within […]