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The Strong Arm of WHS Law in the NT: Enforceable Undertakings and Industrial Manslaughter

Industrial manslaughter to be an offence in the Northern Territory by the end of the year?The Northern Territory (NT) is a heavy industry based economy, with mining, construction, manufacturing and…

Contractors v Employees: Differentiating the two in today’s ‘Gig Economy’

Freelance or ‘gig’ work is on the rise, and businesses are taking notice of this change within the workplace as well as the desire for it. You only have to…

Have you Adopted your Whistleblower Policy?

The new Whistleblower laws introduced by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (The Act) are now in effect. The new laws will require companies to adopt policies…

New Dawn on Licensing Labour Hire Services in SA

The SA labour hire licensing scheme will operate from 31 August 2019. Exemptions to the scheme have been passed by Parliament to prevent certain businesses falling under the scheme. It…

The Compact Legal Guide to HR

Employment issues can arise in your organisation at any time. We have created the 'Compact Legal Guide to HR' for you to keep as a handy reference when issues pop…

An Employee or a Contractor? 11 Factors to avoid Confusion

The central question you must ask: Is this person working as part of your business (employee) or are they working as part of their own business (contractor)? Determining the classification…

Casual Employee found to be Permanent: Workpac v Skene

In a recent decision allowing a dismissed employee’s appeal, the Full Bench of the Federal Court has upheld that an employee engaged and described as a casual worker, but working…

Inadequate Consultation Led to Unfair Dismissal Appeal

In a recent decision allowing a dismissed employee’s appeal, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has emphasised the importance of employers complying with consultation clauses in Modern…

Labour Hire Licensing Act

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 came into force on 1 March 2018.  The intention of the Act is to protect workers from exploitative arrangements entered into with labour hire…

Liability of Accountants for being “Wilfully Blind” to Underpayment of Wages by their Client

The Federal Circuit Court has held an accountancy firm that processed payroll information for a restaurant accessorily liable for the underpayment of restaurant staff. In a judgement delivered on 28…

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