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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Duty of Care to Police Officers: Individual Circumstances Need to be Considered

On 10 May 2018, Mahony DCJ delivered a judgment in favour of the Defendant in the District Court of New South Wales concerning a claim for work injury damages by a former police officer (Melanie Sills v State of New South Wales [...

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To Claim and Claim Again: That is the Question

In the matter of Avni v Visy Industrial Plastics Pty Ltd [2016] NSWWCCPD 46 (16 September 2016), the appellant worker was employed by the respondent as a process worker when on the deemed date of 30 March 2005, she sustained an ...

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Out of Touch but Not Out of Time

In a decision [Mackenzie v Positive Concepts Pty Ltd & Anon [2016] VSC 259 (19 May 2016)] that graphically illustrates the apparent flexibility of the Limitation of Actions Act 1958 (Vic), at least as far as it applies to pers...

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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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Wrongs Amendment Bill 2015

In 2013, the previous Victorian Liberal Government directed the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission ("the Commission") to review the personal injury provisions of the Wrongs Act ("the Act"). The review was intended to ...

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