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In-sourced Worker Given ‘Green Light’ to Pursue Unfair Dismissal Claim

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently held that a labour hire employee transferring ‘in house’ was protected from unfair dismissal after finding that the transfer constituted a “transfer of business” for the purposes of meeting the minimum employment period required to bring a claim for unfair dismissal, being 6 months, on the basis of […]

Christmas Breakfast Seminar Roundup

Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Breakfast Seminar on Thursday, 29 November 2018. We trust everyone enjoyed the breakfast and opportunity to mingle and network with other clients. Jane Murray’s presentation ‘Is UR Workplace OK?’ considered the impacts of mental health in the workplace in light of the recently announced Productivity Commission Inquiry […]

Could Landmark Decision Spell Trouble for ‘Gig-Economy’?

In a recent landmark decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) which will no doubt have widespread implications for the Australian ‘gig-economy’, the FWC has held that a former Foodora Australia Pty Ltd (Foodora) delivery driver (the Worker) was an employee and not an independent contractor, “despite the attempt to create the existence of an […]

Tips and Tricks to Mitigate WHS Risks During ‘Silly Season’

With the festive season and Christmas rush approaching, the workplace can become stressful and prone to Work Health and Safety (WHS) risks. Christmas Parties going awry are not the only workplace legal risks employers need to be aware of during the festive period. SafeWork Australia statistics reported that the months of January, November and December […]

Big Fine for Company that Purposely Removed Machine Safety Features

The New South Wales District Court (NSWDC) have imposed heavy penalties on both H & F Mechanical Pty Ltd (the Company) and business partners Max Hoffman and Laurence Hoffman (the Partnership) for modifying a timber cutting machine and knowingly allowing an employee to use the modified machine. The Partnership was found to have a Primary […]

Nothing ‘casual’ about Full Federal Court Decision for Employers

A recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court (Federal Court) has highlighted the cost associated with misclassifying employees as casual. On 16 August 2018, the Federal Court found that a labour hire employee was entitled to annual leave benefits despite being ostensibly engaged as a casual by WorkPac Pty Ltd (WorkPac). The […]

Workplace Update: Employers should prepare for Casual Conversion clause in effect from 1 October 2018.

As part of the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) 4-yearly review of Modern Awards it issued a decision to insert a casual conversion clause (Casual Conversion Clause) into over 80 Modern Awards. The Casual Conversion Clause will be operative from 1 October 2018 and it will allow eligible casuals  to request conversion to permanent employment. In […]

Eligible employees entitled to portable long service leave in Victoria

On 5 September 2018, the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 (Vic) (the Act) passed through parliament. The Act will come into effect on 1 April 2019, and will grant portable long service leave to employees within the Community Services, Security and Contract Cleaning sectors. Under the new scheme, eligible employees will accumulate long service […]