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Appeals court upholds safety ruling and $1 million damages award
Insight 19 Apr 2021

The Western Australian Court of Appeal has confirmed that employers cannot rely only on the experience of their workers to discharge their safety duties, and instead must be proactive in providing training and instruction about safe work methods. ...

Health and safety duties aren't just owed to workers
Insight 19 Apr 2021

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and healthcare provider International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) have been charged with breaching WHS laws following the suicide of a detainee at the Villawood immigration detention facility in March 2019. ...

Sacking leads to a significant payout
Insight 19 Apr 2021

In a decision showing the importance of not jumping to conclusions, a senior employee was awarded $276,681 in damages after his contract was terminated for alleged serious misconduct – just one working day before he would have been entitled to a redundancy payment. ...

Don't be too quick to fire your labour hire
Insight 19 Apr 2021

In a reminder of the importance of complying with all redundancy requirements in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the FWA), the Fair Work Commission (the FWC) has held that a labour hire company did not have a valid reason to terminate five mine workers after they were no longer needed on site, as it had failed to meet its consultation and redeployment obligations. ...

The skinny on the Skinny IR Omnibus
Insight 19 Apr 2021

Recent changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the FW Act) mean employers should review their casual employment contracts. ...

Rod Sims marks 10th anniversary of the CCA; Full Federal Court clarifies the law on unconscionable conduct; Federal Court affirms $125m penalty against Volkswagen; and other developments
Insight 16 Apr 2021

Rod Sims marks 10th anniversary of the CCA; Full Federal Court clarifies the law on unconscionable conduct; Federal Court affirms $125m penalty against Volkswagen; and other developments ...

Another decision on adverse costs orders in employment class actions: should you expect a 'chilling effect' on employment class action risk?
Insight 15 Apr 2021

Duck v Airservices Australia (No 3) is the latest in a series of cases that have grappled with the intersection of employment class actions, litigation funders and the traditionally 'no costs' jurisdiction of the Fair Work Act. We examine the decision and its potential impacts on employment class action risk. ...

National Electricity and Gas rules update: March 2021
Insight 15 Apr 2021

In our latest update, we examine the progress of new and existing rule change requests to the AEMC across the month of March, as well as take a closer look at the AER's first steps in developing the Wholesale Demand Response Participation Guidelines. ...

Less than one year before the new foreign financial services providers regime begins
Insight 14 Apr 2021

The key changes to the existing foreign financial services regime are the repeal of 'Sufficient Equivalence Relief' and 'Limited Connection Relief'. It's time for FFSPs to think about what your options are and what actions need to be taken to be ready for the new regime. ...

What does the new Decommissioning Bill mean for you?
Insight 12 Apr 2021

The Australian Government has released an exposure draft of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Titles Administration and Other Measures) Bill 2021. In particular, the Bill proposes that the Titles Administrator will have approval rights in relation to changes of control of titleholders (defined by reference to a 20% rather than 50% ownership benchmark), introduces trailing liability for prior titleholders in respect of decommissioning, and enhances the assessment criteria for entities applying to operate, or increase their activities, in offshore oil and gas. ...