Legislation Update

The High Court has clarified  the common law ‘test’ for determining whether an employee is a casual employee under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) and it is significant, because it departs from the established case law.  However, the decision’s impact is limited because the common law test has been supplanted by a […]

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There has been significant press around the government’s agenda to reform large parts of the Fair Work regime, most of which failed in the Senate. There has been less press around one significant set of changes that did survive the political process: an introduction, for the first time, of a substantive definition of ‘casual employment’ […]

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It has become obvious to us all that our existing employment laws were not designed for a pandemic. To some extent, those problems have now been addressed by changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) made as part of last Wednesday’s Commonwealth COVID-19 economic relief package. In particular, changes have been made […]

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Queensland, Victoria and South Australia have each established a labour hire licensing scheme. Queensland was the first State to implement a labour hire licensing law, and has required providers to obtain a licence since 15 June 2018. Providers in Victoria and South Australia must apply for a licence by 29 October and 1 November 2019 […]

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