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UPDATE: Dismissal Round Up & Lessons For Employers

This month we round up some recent dismissal cases that provide valuable lessons for employers when stepping the sometimes perilous path of dismissing an employee. A dismissed employee can often be a disgruntled one, with potential to cause disharmony in the workplace even after they have left. Dismissed employees can bring various claims against former…

UPDATE: 2018 in Review and What to Expect in 2019

This month we look at some of the major developments from 2018 as well as what to watch out for in 2019. 2018 IN REVIEW There were significant changes in the employment law space in 2018, particularly in relation to modern awards and casual employment.  We summarise some of the main changes and trends from…

ALERT: Government introduces Family and Domestic Violence Leave

The Government has passed changes to the Fair Work Act providing employees with 5 days’ unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year. The new leave entitlement commenced on 12 December 2018 and has been added to the National Employment Standards (NES) of the Fair Work Act. The new NES leave entitlement is almost identical…

ALERT: Federal Government announces changes to casual employment

  There have been plenty of changes in relation to casual employment over the past few months with more changes just recently announced by the Federal Government. Firstly, the Government has amended the Fair Work Regulations to provide assistance to employers against ‘double-dipping’ claims made by casual employees who are paid a casual loading and…

UPDATE: New Requirements Regarding Flexible Working Arrangements and Foodora Decision Serves as a Timely Reminder About The Employee or Contractor Classification

This month we look at changes made to all modern awards regarding requests for flexible working arrangements. These changes were effective from 1 December 2018. We also look at the recent finding that a Foodora delivery rider was an employee not a contractor. This serves as a timely reminder about getting the ‘employee or independent…

Alert: Casual Conversion

Question: I have employed several employees on a casual basis for more than 12 months. I’ve heard that as of 1 October 2018, Award-covered casual employees are entitled to request conversion to part-time or full-time employment. What does this mean for me and what are my legal obligations? Answer: On 1 October 2018, all Awards…

UPDATE: ARE YOUR ‘CASUALS’ REALLY CASUALS?

This month we look at a recent Full Federal Court decision which found that an employee engaged as a casual and paid a casual loading was in fact a permanent employee and entitled to paid annual leave.  The employee was placed at a mine-site through a labour hire company – the employer (WorkPac). The employer…

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