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High Court confirms no right of entry without permit
Insight 07 May 2021

The High Court has refused to allow an appeal against a Full Federal Court decision that union officials must hold a valid federal right of entry permit when entering sites under state work health and safety (WHS) laws. ...

Right place, wrong time: when is an employee's injury connected to their employment?
Insight 07 May 2021

The Full Court of the Federal Court has confirmed that to determine whether an employee's injury arose out of or in the course of their employment, the full circumstances of the injury must be taken into account, including the 'place' at which the injury occurred and the 'activity' undertaken at the time. ...

Superannuation rate increase
Insight 07 May 2021

The Superannuation Guarantee rate is scheduled to increase from 9.5% to 10% on 1 July 2021, although a final decision will be made in the May 2021 Budget. ...

Worker not immune to job loss
Insight 07 May 2021

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has upheld the dismissal of an employee who refused to comply with a mandatory influenza vaccine policy, however made the observation that this decision turned on the facts of this particular case and the industry in which the employee worked. ...

Casuals – requirement to provide casuals with a FWO information statement
Insight 07 May 2021

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has issued guidance regarding the recent amendments to casual employment in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...