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Recommendations made to 7-Eleven following underpayments

The Fair Work Ombudsman has made a number of statements over the last 6 months relating to the prosecution of 7-Eleven franchisees.  October 2015 Statement In a statement made in October 2015, the Fair Work Ombudsman noted that in the past 6 years, the FWO had recovered more than $600,000 in unpaid entitlements on behalf…

Labor Government would crack down on exploitative employers

To commence their 2016 campaign for election, the Federal Labor Government have released a ‘plan’ for a suite of reforms targeting ‘unscrupulous employers’ and in particular the underpayment of workers. This ‘plan’ follows a number of 2015 cases where workers engaged by large organisations were allegedly underpaid their entitlements.  Labor’s plan notes that these cases,…

Game. Set. Match for ‘tennis tragic’s’ unfair dismissal claim

A self-confessed tennis tragic has failed in her unfair dismissal application, after her employment was terminated when she attended the Australian Open in January. As the employee had exhausted all her annual leave entitlements as recently as September 2014, she applied for leave from 22 December to 2 January.  Paid leave was approved until 31…

Former directors liable for unpaid entitlements

The Federal Circuit Court has recently awarded compensation to a dismissed employee who had worked for four separate but related entities over the course of 8 years. Two of the companies had been deregistered at the time of the employee’s dismissal, while a third was in liquidation.  This arrangement was alleged by the employee to…

Lessons from restraint of trade clauses

There have been a number of cases moving through State courts where parties have tried to enforce restraint clauses against former and even prospective employees.  These cases provide some important lessons to employers who are seeking to enforce restraint clauses. Network Ten Pty Ltd v Seven Network (Operations) Ltd In this high profile case before…