Workplace Relations

Is work from home on the way out? It just might be!

Posted on December 14, 2023

The right of employees to work from home ('WFH') has been the subject of considerable conversation and sometimes dispute since the…

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Industrial manslaughter is criminalised in South Australia

Posted on December 01, 2023

The Work Health and Safety (Industrial Manslaughter) Amendment Bill 2023 was passed by the South Australian parliament on 29 November 2023.…

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‘Tis the season: how to navigate the work Christmas Party

Posted on November 02, 2023

As the silly season approaches, employers and employees should be reminded of their responsibilities when hosting or attending Christmas…

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Published guidance on how employers can comply with positive duty to stop sexual harassment

Posted on September 07, 2023

In August 2023, the Australian Human Rights Council (AHRC) published its guidelines for complying with the Positive Duty under the Sex…

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Work, Health and Safety: What are my obligations?

Posted on August 31, 2023

Under Work Health and Safety legislation, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has a primary duty of care and must, so far…

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High Court finds employer not vicariously liable for "negligent urination" by employee

Posted on August 24, 2023

In the recent decision of CCIG Investments Pty Ltd v Schokman [2023] HCA 21, the High Court has held that an employer was not vicariously…

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High work demands and poor change management = Psychosocial Hazards

Posted on August 10, 2023

Recent case studies published by Comcare (the national work health and safety authority) reveal that two unnamed Australian Public Service…

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Should you be paying your contractors super?

Posted on July 13, 2023

Last year the High Court handed down the landmark decisions of Personnel Contracting[1] and Jamsek[2], which set out the applicable legal…

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What is the difference between an employee and an independent contractor and why should I care?

Posted on July 06, 2023

An employee and an independent contractor have different rights and obligations. This is why it is important to understand the difference…

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What are restraint provisions in employment contracts and why are they important?

Posted on June 22, 2023

Restraint of trade provisions are included in employment contracts to protect an employer’s legitimate business interests, such as trade…

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