A much-awaited ruling from the Federal Court has confirmed long-term casual workers can dispute their status and seek payments for entitlements such as annual leave. The decision has been attacked by employer groups for allowing casual workers to “double dip” – because they are paid a loading to compensate for the lack of such benefits.… Read more »
As of March 1 2020, three important practices aimed at reducing wage theft and non-compliance with awards are now legally enforceable for employers. The changes will require employers utilising 22 modern awards to be much more stringent about overtime and record-keeping measures. If you run a small business it’s vital you stay abreast of the… Read more »
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombusdman, Kate Carnell, has suggested Fair Work’s existing unfair dismissal laws are unfair to small business owners. The Ombudsman has called for sweeping reforms including a new small business division within the Fair Work Commission to allow for fairer conditions to both employees and employers. In Canberra to announce… Read more »
It is fair to say that the ACTU and the wider Union Movement in Australia are licking their wounds in the face of the recent re-election of the Morrison Coalition Government. There is no doubt the ACTU helped the coalition as enough people saw through the hyperbole of their ‘Change the Rules’ Campaign and instead… Read more »
A ruling by the Fair Work Commission in favour of a former Foodora delivery driver who claimed unfair dismissal is set to rock the gig economy with the conclusion that the rider was an employee, not an independent contractor. In a decision on Friday, Fair Work Commissioner Ian Cambridge found that Josh Klooger had been an… Read more »
Former Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) Natalie James has been named Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA)’s Small Business Champion. James was presented the award by Peter Strong, CEO of COSBOA and Mark McKenzie, CEO, ACAPMA and Chair of COSBOA, for her outstanding support to the small business community. James was instrumental in removing much of the red tape… Read more »
The federal court of Australia has ruled in favour of a casual truck driver who sued major mining corporation Rio Tinto for holiday pay after his contract concluded. The court found the truck driver, who worked for the company under a hiring agreement for almost four years, was not a casual worker under employment law… Read more »
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Over 900 take-away food workers across Australia have been repaid a total of $582,410 in unpaid wages.