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Coronavirus: Changes to legislation and modern awards

Coronavirus: Changes to legislation and modern awards

In almost every area of the law, there have been changes to existing rules and procedures to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic. This is especially true of the employment law sphere, and we set out below some of the key changes to legislation and modern awards...

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Unfair dismissal despite evident misconduct found

Unfair dismissal despite evident misconduct found

A recent case before the Fair Work Commission concerned the dismissal of an employee from his role with Safety Barrier Solutions (SBS) on 23 September 2019 for alleged workplace misconduct. The employee then filed an application for unfair dismissal which came to...

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Changes to the Retail Industry Award effective 1 March 2020

Changes to the Retail Industry Award effective 1 March 2020

The Fair Work Commission has made amendments to the Retail Industry Award that will see initial changes come into effect on 1 March 2020, with further amendments being rolled out later in the year and again in 2021. These revisions will affect both casual and...

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Failure to follow redundancy process renders dismissal unfair

Failure to follow redundancy process renders dismissal unfair

A recent case in the Fair Work Commission highlighted the importance of following the proper process when making redundancies. The case of Jody Tuchin v Mills Brands [2020] FWC 583 (7 January 2020) concerned the decision of Mills Brands to make one of its customer...

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Changes to Employment Law in 2020

Changes to Employment Law in 2020

The last few years have been a tumultuous time in the world of Australian employment law. We saw "casual" employees being found to be permanent in Workpac v Skeene, and anti-double-dipping legislation rushed through to attempt to deal with the fall-out for businesses...

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Israel Folau: Some ordinary lessons from an extraordinary case

Israel Folau: Some ordinary lessons from an extraordinary case

Although Israel Folau’s case against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs is extraordinary on a number of levels - his job, his fame, the value of his claim, etc - the case illustrates some very ordinary concepts in employment law. Had the case been resolved by the...

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