The law relating to sexual harassment in Australia has been in place for over 30 years and should provide robust protection for workers. Despite this, sexual harassment remains a significant problem in Australian workplaces. One in three people (33%) have experienced sexual harassment at work in the last five years. The reporting of sexual harassment […]
Last month, the Fair Work Commission handed down a much-anticipated decision in Klooger v Foodora Australia Pty Ltd  FWC 6836 (Klooger). Josh Klooger, a Foodora rider, had made an application to the Commission claiming he was unfairly dismissed. Foodora objected to this as they contended he was an independent contractor and therefore not entitled […]
December has been a busy month for Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer. In addition to recent legislative changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), it was announced on Monday that the Coalition government would be using a new regulation to try and prevent “double-dipping” on loadings and entitlements by long-term casual employees. The proposed […]
Whilst all the talk so far in December regarding politics has been about getting sick asylum seekers off Nauru, national cyber security, the government potentially losing a vote in the House of Representatives for the first time since 1929 and the never-ending in-fighting amongst the Liberal Party, you would be forgiven for missing some rather […]
A recent case before the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal, Ferris v State of Victoria  VSCA 240, serves as a reminder for employers that they can be found guilty of unlawful discrimination even if they were unaware of their employee’s disability, or the discriminatory effect of its requirements on individual employees.
Last Tuesday, October 23, 2018, union rallies were held in Melbourne and Sydney in support of the Australian Council of Trade Union’s (‘ACTU’) “change the rules” campaign. The protests followed a series of national TV and radio advertisements launched in early October. The “change the rules” campaign is seeking to “re-balance the system and negotiate […]