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September 12, 2018

A win for casual employees – Federal Court hand down decision

In August of this year, the Full Federal Court handed down a decision in Workpac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131, which is a great win for casual employees in Australia. Following the landmark decision, ‘permanent casual’ employees may be eligible to claim those entitlements that arise out of a typical full-time employment relationship. […]

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September 4, 2018

My rights in the #MeToo Movement

The #MeToo movement has recently shined a light on the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace. A recent study conducted by Shine Lawyers revealed that 19% of women surveyed had been sexually harassed at work. The #MeToo movement has proven to give a voice to victims of unacceptable and unlawful behaviour, who in many […]

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August 30, 2018

“My Boss wants me to be a Contractor and get an ABN”: What is Sham Contracting?

With the rise of the gig economy and companies such as Uber, Foodora, Deliveroo and Airtasker, more Australians are taking up roles as independent contractors. The legal system is currently grappling with the question of whether the manner in which staff are engaged in these businesses is legitimate, and if these independent contractors are rather […]

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July 18, 2018

Office Relationships: What is the Appropriate Way to Handle them in the Workplace?

Office romances are more common than many people may suspect. In 2017, The Conversation reported that – according to Relationships Australia – 40% of people aged 35-50 met their current partner at work. Discovering that you share a spark with a colleague can lead to something great. But if it goes wrong – or it’s […]

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July 4, 2018

NSFW: What words are “Safe for Work”

Words can be very powerful and the recent move by the Katter party to protect gendered language (like “her” and “him”) in the workplace along with the union delegate fined for his “strong words” has raised some interesting conversations about what you can, and can’t, say in the office. There are actually already lots of […]

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June 20, 2018

Why do employees quit?

Retaining top of the market talent is as important, if not more important than attracting new talent. Whilst retaining staff is no easy feat, employee turnover costs significantly more than many people realise. Not only is there the added cost of recruiting and training new staff, but the flow on effect creates deeper issues. High […]

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June 18, 2018

How To Get a Pay Rise

In a period where the cost of living has increased monumentally, workers’ wages haven’t followed the same trajectory. In fact, workers’ wages have increased at record low levels over the past 5 years.[1] That is not to say a sizeable pay rise is unrealistic nor unattainable. Instead, it means workers ought to think harder about […]

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June 1, 2018

Fair Work Commission announces increase to the minimum wage

Today the Fair Work Commission handed down its yearly wage review decision. The good news for employees is that the Commission decided that the national minimum wage should be increased by 3.5%. This now means that the hourly national minimum wage from 1 July 2018 will rise to $18.93. The weekly minimum wage will now […]

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March 27, 2018

Job interviews: Can a prospective employer really ask that?

A job interview is a chance for a prospective employer to collect as much information about a candidate as possible. However, job applicants have legal rights even before they become employees, and federal and state laws prohibit prospective employers from asking certain questions that aren’t relevant to your ability to do the job. Here’s a […]

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