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When is it safe to dismiss for safety reasons?
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • April 28 2011

In the space of a few months, Fair Work Australia (FWA) has dealt with two cases where an employee was dismissed for knowingly breaching an important safety procedure. In one case the employee was reinstated and in the other the dismissal was upheld.


High Court provides clarity on the common law duty of care to independent contractors
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • December 31 2009

The recent decision of the High Court of Leighton Contractors v Fox (the Leighton decision) provides some clarity on the common law duty of care of various contractors to other contractors.


Government tenders must meet Fair Work Principles
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • October 6 2009

The Commonwealth Government recently announced that only contractors who meet the Fair Work Principles will be awarded Commonwealth tenders.



David Ey
  • Piper Alderman