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A rooster is still not a duck! Another employer stung under sham contracting provisions.

Posted on June 09, 2017

Introduction In Balemian v Mobilia Manufacturing Pty Ltd & Anor [2017] FCCA 743 (Balemian), the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has…

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: protecting your confidential information

Posted on April 13, 2017

Confidential information is one of the most valuable corporate assets of business. In the digital era, stealing information can be as…

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Tragic fall costs employer $165K

Posted on February 25, 2016

The first batch of penalties handed down under the harmonised WHS legislation have sent a clear message to employers: expect hefty…

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Juicy email justifies instant sacking

Posted on February 18, 2016

Last month, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) upheld an employer’s decision to instantly dismiss an employee who sent a derogatory email about…

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Text messages and casual chats insufficient to discuss roster changes

Posted on February 04, 2016

The recent decision in Hocking v Tackle World Adelaide Metro [2015] FWC 6519 has emphasised that employers must take a formal, considered…

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New year, new amendments to the Fair Work Act

Posted on January 21, 2016

Late last year, the Fair Work Amendment Act 2015 (FW Amendment Act) was passed, containing a number of changes to the Fair Work Act 2009…

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$181 payout shortfall leads to $1,020 penalty against HR Manager!

Posted on December 03, 2015

The matter of Cerin v ACI Operations Pty Ltd & Ors [2015] FCCA 1654 involved a claim by an employee that his employer had breached the…

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When HO HO HO turns to OH OH NO!

Posted on November 19, 2015

Christmas decorations have been on sale in department stores for months now and soon enough it will be time for your staff Christmas party.…

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Employer aces unfair dismissal claim by "Tennis Tragic"

Posted on November 05, 2015

As summer approaches, employers can expect an influx of leave applications for various sporting and social events. However, a recent…

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Un-friend me on Facebook and I’ll take you to the Fair Work Commission!

Posted on October 08, 2015

The case of Roberts v VIEW Launceston & Ors [2015] FWC 6556 involved Ms Roberts filing an application pursuant to section 789FC of the…

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