The High Court has handed down a decision with the potential to place considerable pressure on union officials engaging in repeated unlawful conduct exposing them to civil penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
Following a series of conflicting decisions in multiple jurisdictions internationally, the question of whether Uber drivers are ‘employees’ or ‘independent contractors’ has recently been considered by the Fair Work Commission in Australia.
On 6 December 2017, the High Court of Australia handed down two decisions that will have far-reaching consequences for the approach taken in bargaining for enterprise agreements and responding to industrial disputes.
In a recent decision, the Federal Court has limited the ability of employers to enter into an enterprise agreement with a limited number of employees where the enterprise agreement is expressed to cover a much broader range of workers.
As the year draws to a close and festive cheer begins to spread, the many potential pitfalls of the silly season workplace social calendar are once again rearing their heads. Here’s how to avoid HR ‘Christ-messes’.
A Full Bench of the FWC has provided clear authority on parties’ obligations to comply with preliminary dispute settlement steps under an enterprise agreement in The Australian Workers’ Union v MC Labour Services Pty Ltd .
The Queensland Parliament has passed the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Qld), which introduced new industrial manslaughter laws and other amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld).
As WA progresses to adopting its own version of the harmonised WHS legislation, employers in Western Australia will need to prepare for a number of changes in work health and safety laws over the next two years.