New Laws for Workplace Manslaughter in Victoria – Be Prepared

An offence of “workplace manslaughter” is set to be introduced into the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (“OHS Act”) in Victoria. The proposed legislation was introduced on 29 October 2019 and is currently ...

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Casual Loading & ‘Double-Dipping’ Win for Employers

The Senate voted in Federal Parliament on Monday night (16 September) to defeat an ALP motion to disallow the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018 (“Regulations”). The regulations are designed to assist...

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Recent Changes to Employment Legislation and Regulations

In this edition: Changes to thresholds and rates Casual conversion Casual loading and double dipping Long Service Leave Act New Victorian Long Service Benefits Portability Scheme New Labour Hire Licensing Schem...

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Shaken, not Stirred? Protecting Your Business Against Employee Espionage

"BlueScope Steel stung by alleged corporate espionage" read the headline on the front page of the "The Age" newspaper last Saturday. The article that follows describes the alleged "international espionage" by former employee of Bl...

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High Court Closes Loophole on Independent Contractors

In a unanimous judgment, the High Court has ruled that employers cannot avoid the sham contracting provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) through the use of third-party labour hire arrangements. In Fair Work Ombudsman v Qu...

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Racial Discrimination – Liability Where Failure to Act on Complaints

Employers who fail to adequately respond to complaints about racist, offensive or otherwise discriminatory conduct in the workplace may be vicariously liable for the conduct even if other preventative steps it takes are exemplary....

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