Employment, Workplace Relations & Safety

Lessons Learned From the Sexual Assault/Misconduct Revelations in Federal Parliament

June 30, 2021

The recent revelations of alleged criminal conduct and misconduct in the Federal Parliament directed towards women has had devastating ramifications for those involved....

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Safety Requirements for “General Use” Quad Bikes

June 30, 2021

The Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 (‘the Standard’) commenced operation on 11 October 2019. This much-debated standard placed a range of...

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Eliminating COVID-19 Risk From Australian Workplaces

February 23, 2021

We can now prevent people from developing COVID-19, but when is it lawful and reasonable for employers to direct employees to undergo vaccination...

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Last Chance to Avoid Casual Worker “Double-Dipping” Disaster

December 17, 2020

Leave entitlements to be challenged in the High Court after the Federal Government’s epic fail in Federal Court The High Court has granted...

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End of Year Celebrations: Tips to Stay COVID-Safe and Manage the ‘Silly Season’

December 16, 2020

It’s that time of year again when employers embark upon their official end of year office celebrations. No doubt most will wish to...

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COVID-19: New Rules for JobKeeper 2.0

September 17, 2020

On Tuesday 15 September 2020, the Federal Government registered new rules[1] to regulate the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme. The new rules give effect...

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Re-establishing Your Business During a Pandemic

June 25, 2020

As the various State and Federal Governments start to unwind the lockdown measures imposed to suppress the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Australia, businesses...

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COVID-19: Fair Work Commission Delays Minimum Wage Increase

June 22, 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) in handing down its minimum wage review decision has rejected a push from the Australian Chamber of Commerce...

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Work Health and Safety During a Pandemic: The Issue of Vaccination for Businesses

May 8, 2020

What role, if any, do businesses have to play if a vaccine is created for SARS-CoV-2? There has been a lot of discussion...

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Adjustments to Agricultural Sector in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on business have been widespread and complex. In the agriculture industry the oft-quoted phrase that “everyone still...

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COVID-19: Fair Work Commission Has New Powers to Deal With JobKeeper Disputes

April 21, 2020

As reported in our previous alert[1], JobKeeper laws, which create a six-month wage subsidy scheme, were recently passed at special sittings of the...

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COVID-19: Flexibility Comes to the Fair Work Act

April 15, 2020

For JobKeeper employers who continue to operate with reduced work At special sittings last week, the Federal Parliament passed the JobKeeper laws, which...

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Fair Work Commission Introduces COVID-19 Leave

April 9, 2020

In a rare exercise of its powers, under section 157(3) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“the Act”), the Fair Work Commission...

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COVID-19: Flexibility Comes to the Clerks Modern Award

April 7, 2020

At a special sitting in late March the Fair Work Commission approved an application made by business groups and supported by the union...

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Clerks—Private Sector Award 2010: Schedule I—Award Flexibility During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 7, 2020

The temporary variations to the Clerks – Private Sector Modern Award 2010 are set out below in full. [Sched I inserted by PR717900 ppc...

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Administering the JobKeeper Vaccine for Employers

April 2, 2020

The proposed JobKeeper package announced by the Federal Government is a wage subsidy scheme. Legislation which will contain the detail of the scheme...

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Key Changes for Award Based Annualised Wages

November 6, 2019

Ready or not from 1 March 2020! Summary The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has, subject to one final clarifying issue in relation to...

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Whistleblower Protection Laws

September 26, 2019

We have previously reported on the new whistleblower protection laws which came into operation on 1 July 2019 through the Treasury Laws Amendment...

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Final Call for Labour Hire Licences in South Australia

August 27, 2019

Labour hire regulation is back with the last day to apply for a licence this Friday! The new regulatory scheme will commence before...

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MasterChef Celebrity’s Legacy to be the Criminalisation of ‘Wage Theft’

August 6, 2019

Celebrity chef George Calombaris’ business empire’s punishment for underpaying nearly $8 million, has catapulted ‘wage theft’ to the forefront of political debate over...

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Protecting a Business’ Brand in the Age of Social Media

July 19, 2019

The termination of Israel Folau’s multimillion dollar playing contract with Rugby Australia has been a divisive issue across Australia. On one hand, Rugby...

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FWC Proposes the Introduction of Additional Requirements for Award Based Annualised Wage Arrangements

June 21, 2019

Summary The Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down its interim decision regarding Annualised Wage Arrangements as part of its four yearly review of...

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Fair Work Rejects ‘Living Wage’ Argument of the ACTU in Minimum Wage Review Decision

June 21, 2019

Summary The Fair Work Commission (FWC) in handing down its minimum wage review decision has rejected the ACTU’s push for a ‘living wage’...

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New Whistleblower Protection Laws are Coming

May 24, 2019

Employers, get ready to comply with the latest protection requirements for whistleblowers in Australia Australia’s new whistleblower protection laws will come into operation...

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ALP Proposes Worker Friendly Changes to its Fair Work Regime

May 7, 2019

In Australia, since John Hewson’s Fightback! package was released in 1991, the major political parties have, in opposition, been cautious about committing to...

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Federal Government Responds to Confusion Surrounding Casual Employee Entitlements

December 20, 2018

Recently I analysed the case of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131,and discussed the widespread implications of the Full Federal Court...

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Managing the ‘Silly Season’

December 3, 2018

That time of year is fast approaching – it’s called the ‘Silly Season’ for good reason. While misconduct and serious misconduct, stress claims...

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Client Profile: National Electrical and Communications Association

November 7, 2018

When it comes to looking after an electric Australian industry, NECA is plugged in and switched on.  As a peak industry body, the...

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DW Fox Tucker & Bradbrook Lawyers: Two eminent employment law specialists join forces

November 7, 2018

DW Fox Tucker is delighted to announce its merger with Bradbrook Lawyers, another of Adelaide’s premier employment law practices. This significant joining of...

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Is Your Business at Risk of Claims From Casual Employees?

August 1, 2018

It’s no secret that legislators, employers and employee groups are often at odds about how best to define casual employment. Now, a Federal...

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