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Court punishes employer for failing to apply casual conversion clause properly

The Federal Court of Australia has fined an employer who refused a employee the opportunity to convert his casual employment to equivalent full-time employment. The employee was a freight handler with a major transport company.  The employee had a right to elect to convert from casual employment to equivalent permanent employment under the both the…

Vulnerable workers’ Bill passes through Senate

On 4 September 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017, passed through the Senate, and after approval of its amendments by the House of Representatives, is now awaiting Royal Assent. Upon receiving Royal Assent, most of the changes contained in the Bill will immediately become active provisions of the Fair Work Act…

FWC gives guidance on employees providing backdated medical certificates

In The Maritime Union of Australia v DP World Sydney Limited, the Fair Work Commission considered the ability of the employer to unilaterally reject backdated medical certificates based on the wording of an applicable enterprise agreement. The Union asserted that the term ‘backdated medical certificate’ related to a certificate ‘which had been falsely dated so…