August 30, 2019

You know that feeling you get when a friend stabs you in the back and you decide that the "friendship" you banked on actually meant much more to you than it ever did to them? I do.

It's a feeling that has visited me all too frequently in life and a constant reminder tha...

October 2, 2018

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has ruled that an employee’s period of contiguous service as a casual before converting to permanent employment was not to be counted when calculating their redundancy entitlements under the applicable enterprise agreement (Unil...

October 2, 2018

Labour Hire Firms are just as responsible as any other employer

October 2, 2018

The Full Federal Court has upheld a decision of the Federal Circuit Court to hold an accounting firm liable as an accessory to a client’s underpayment of staff (EZY Accounting 123 Pty Ltd v Fair Work Ombudsman [2018] FCAFC 134).

The court was satisfied that the firm, wh...

September 30, 2018

With the heaviest of hearts, I am sad to announce on behalf of my family the passing of a great, kind and benevolent man.

My Father Brian Alfred Newman born 19 June 1949 passed away 25 September 2018 at 0230hrs at the Logan Hospital, he was 68 years of age.

Brian Alfred...

July 15, 2018

Saving for a rainy day is always easier in theory than it is in practice.

You can be sure that when the day comes that you need assistance with a workplace matter, it'll be the week you're caught short for financial resources or when you can least afford the additional...

June 17, 2018

More than 750 chemicals have been added to the Hazardous Chemical Information System to update classification information available for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end users.

The update includes the addition of 755 chemicals and amendments to more than 600 c...

June 15, 2018

Abandonment of employment generally arises where an employee absents themselves from the workplace without consent or notification and there is no reasonable excuse for their absence. Common examples include where an employee does not return to work from an authorised...

June 4, 2018

A recent case of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) provides a useful illustration of how summary dismissals are dealt with under the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code.

The employer summarily dismissed the employee on the basis that he was running a business in competition...

June 4, 2018

The Fair Work Commission has increased the minimum wage by 3.5% to $719.20 a week or $18.93 an hours.

This equates to an increase of $24.30 per week based on a 38 hour-week. The new rates will apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018.

The increase in...

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