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Sick & carer's leave

Federal Court Rules In Major Personal/Carer’s Leave Dispute

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By Renae Harg, Senior Associate & Madeleine Brown, Associate

Federal Court Rules in Major Personal/Carer’s Leave Dispute

In Mondelez v Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union known as the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) [2019] FCAFC 138 the Full Court of the Federal Court clarified how paid personal/carer’s leave (also commonly known as sick leave and carer’s leave) entitlements should be paid and accrued. Read More

long term casual employee rights

Casual employment rights – what you need to know to avoid costly dilemmas

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By Mark Cox, Director and Lauren Wright, Law Graduate

Employer required to pay thousands in compensation to casual employee

A recent decision handed down by the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has resulted in heated discussion regarding long term casual employee rights. In WorkPac v Skene, despite being termed a ‘casual employee’ by his employer WorkPac,  Mr Skene was found to be a permanent employee and awarded compensation (including interest) in lieu of annual leave entitlements. Read More

Santa or Scrooge: Employee Bonuses and Gifts

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As the year draws to a close, employers may choose to give employees bonuses, gift cards or something similar, usually as a way of recognising the past year’s work and achievements. While this practice is often positive in that it can increase morale and motivation, employers should ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place to prevent well-meaning gifts from becoming gremlins.

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Contractor arrangements subject to continued scrutiny as Foodora rider found to be an employee

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In the recent decision of Joshua Klooger v Foodora Australia Pty Ltd [2018] FWC 6836, the Fair Work Commission held that a Foodora rider who was engaged as an independent contractor was in fact an employee and, therefore, eligible to bring an unfair dismissal claim.

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Keeping it casual: Casual employee entitled to annual leave

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WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has rejected WorkPac’s argument that the “industrial meaning” of the term “casual employee” has been incorporated into the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act) for the purpose of the National Employment Standards (NES).

Instead, the Court held the essence of the casual employment relationship is the “absence of a firm advance commitment as to the duration of the employee’s employment or the days (or hours) the employee will work”.

Whether an employee is a “casual employee” should be determined by looking at indicia of casual employment, the conduct of the parties and the real substance, practical reality and true nature of the relationship.

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Are you being underpaid? Are you underpaying your staff?

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Fair Work Ombudsman audit

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recently conducted an audit of businesses throughout the eastern states of Australia which found that found that 72% of the businesses had breached workplace laws.[1] The audit resulted in the recovery of $471,904 for 616 workers across the 234 businesses audited. The most common breach was an underpayment of hourly rates, followed by non-existent or inadequate employment records.

“72% of businesses had breached workplace laws”

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Directing an employee to attend an independent medical assessment

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The winter months often bring an increase in employees’ use of personal leave, primarily due to illness. An employee’s brief and temporary absence, whether due to illness or even injury, supported by adequate medical evidence, can usually be managed by the employer without issue.

However, difficulty and uncertainty arise where an employee takes extended personal leave with medical evidence that has little or no detail on the illness or injury suffered, or which offers no foreseeable return to work date. An employee’s extended absence can pose significant issues for the management and operation of a business. Navigating this situation can become increasingly complex if an employee has taken personal leave in response to a disciplinary or performance management process.

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