Annual leave obligations to your employees during a Christmas shutdown

14 October 2019

It’s coming up that time again where we wrap up the year, celebrate the successes of the past 12 months and enjoy the Christmas festivities. With the holiday season fast approaching it is also important for businesses to remember that this time of year can come with its own specific issues that need to be managed. … Continued

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High Court Rules that Unions’ can be Banned from Paying Officials’ Fines

8 March 2018

Case reference: Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union [2018] HCA 3 A ruling from the High Court last week has confirmed that under the Fair Work Act, a court is entitled to make a “personal payment order” which ensures that a union official who has been required to pay a … Continued

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Early Release of Retention Money – High Court Confirms Retention Clauses Subject to Head Contract Operation are Void

15 February 2018

The recent High Court decision of Maxcon Constructions Pty Ltd v Vadasz [2018] HCA 5 confirmed that any contract clause which ties the release of retention to some event under the Head Contract will be a “pay when paid” provision under the Security of Payment legislation and therefore that relevant clause is void or of … Continued

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Service of Notices under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999

31 August 2017

You can now serve notices (i.e. Payment Claims, Payment Schedules, Statutory Notices, Adjudication Applications etc) by way of email and the ability to serve any such notices by facsimile has been removed except where your contract provides for service by facsimile. These changes were brought about by the Electronic Transactions Legislation Amendment (Government Transactions) Act … Continued

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Employer Can Direct Employee to Attend Medical Examination

17 May 2017

A recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has confirmed an employer’s right to direct employees to attend medical appointments. Grant v BHP Coal Pty Ltd was an appeal against a decision of a single member of the court that affirmed that the Fair Work Commission had not incorrectly dismissed Mr … Continued

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Employee a Casual Under the Enterprise Agreement but Not Under the Fair Work Act Court Finds

7 December 2016

The Federal Circuit Court has determined that although a fly in fly out (FIFO) worker was a casual employee under the enterprise agreement that covered his employment with a labour hire company, he was “other than a casual” for the purposes of the Fair Work Act 2009 and was therefore entitled to payment of accrued … Continued

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Union Official entering a Workplace to assist a Health and Safety Representative does not need Federal Right of Entry permit – Court finds

15 November 2016

On 3 November 2016, Justice Bromberg of the Federal Court dismissed an application for a declaration and penalties made by Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) against an organiser employed by the CFMEU. The organiser, who did not have a right of entry permit issued under the Fair Work Act (FW Act) and was therefore … Continued

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Union does not have rights to enter premises to hold meetings before or after work

18 July 2016

The Fair Work Act 2009 allows a union official to enter premises to hold discussions with members and employees eligible to be members “during mealtimes or other breaks.”  The official must give the occupier of the premises between 24 hours and 14 days written notice of his or her intention to enter the premises. In … Continued

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Ex Employee who falsified drug test result ordered to pay employer’s costs on indemnity basis

16 May 2016

An ex employee of Toll holdings who submitted a falsified drug test result in support of his unfair dismissal application has been ordered to pay his former employer’s costs of more than $18,000.00 In making the order that the ex-employee pay all of Toll’s legal costs and witness expenses, Deputy President Gostencnik found that the … Continued

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Fair Work Commission reinstates Aircraft Engineer who drove unregistered tow motor on public road

18 April 2016

A 60 year old Aircraft Engineer has won his job back after Jetstar terminated him for breaching ‘Cardinal Safety Rules’ at Avalon Airport in Victoria. The dismissed employee, Mr Gill had worked as a Licensed  Aircraft Maintenance Engineer for 30 years, the last four and half of which were for Jetstar. He had an exemplary employment … Continued

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Being Drunk at Work Christmas Party No Excuse Commission Finds

1 February 2016

An employee who threatened and threw a senior engineer into a swimming pool, and fought with his supervisor at his employer’s Christmas party has failed in his unfair dismissal application. The employee, a project Co-Ordinator, had been employed by Future Engineering and Communication (FEC) since 2008. At the Christmas party held at FECs premises on … Continued

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Amendments to the Fair Work Act come into force

14 December 2015

A number of amendments to the Fair Work Act came into effect on 27 November 2015. These amendments are those from the Federal Government’s Fair Work Amendment Bill that was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Following passage of the Bill, employers will be able to take proposed Greenfields Enterprise Agreements to the … Continued

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