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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 […]

‘Right to Disconnect’ and Remote Working Arrangements: What Employers Should Know

COVID-19 has shattered workplace norms about how traditional work is carried out, by ushering in a new and unprecedented ‘work-from-home’ culture (WFH). Technology has also facilitated the extension of work, connecting employers and employees virtually at all hours of the day. Consequently, remote working arrangements and technology advances have blurred the lines between worker’s professional […]

Possible Delay to Superannuation Guarantee Rate Increase: Employers Should Still Prepare

Frozen at 9.5% for the last six years, discussion has fired up about the superannuation guarantee (SG) increase this July. The SG rate is scheduled to increase by 0.5% to 10% on 1 July 2021, with incremental increases to 12% by 2025. However, it remains unclear whether all the increases will be implemented. Federal Government […]

IR Bill Update

The substantially reduced IR omnibus Bill passed Parliament on Monday 22 March 2021. Following contentious public scrutiny and prolonged debate, the House of Representatives passed the pared-back version of the ambitious Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (the Bill) which proposed a raft of changes to be introduced to the […]

JobKeeper – What’s next?

With the end of JobKeeper payments to thousands of Australian businesses and workers, uncertainty about job and income security in the post-covid era has intensified. On the 28th of March 2021, the largest Australian fiscal package in history came to an end. As an emergency economic response to COVID-19, the JobKeeper wage subsidy saved at […]

Wage Underpayment in the Fast-Food Service Industry: Penalties for Franchisees

Wage underpayment in the fast-food industry is in the limelight again, after a Federal Circuit Court recently imposed fines of up to $58,000 against a company and its directors (the Directors), who operated a Chatime franchise in Sydney’s CBD. Acting upon advice received from the Franchisor, the Directors underpaid 17 employees by paying ‘age-based’ and […]

Safe Work Australia’s Comprehensive Guide on Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention

Safe Work Australia have recently released Australia’s first comprehensive Work Health and Safety (WHS) guidance (the Guide) focusing predominantly on workplace sexual harassment. The Guide aims to support businesses and organisations in meeting their WHS duties and provides useful risk identification strategies for the purposes of preventing and responding to sexual harassment. The Guide focuses […]