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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.


Ashley Watson
  • Piper Alderman

“When it hits the papers it’s too late”
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • December 2 2010

A recent succession of high profile bullying, harassment and sexual discrimination claims in the media has reinforced the need for employers to ensure they have appropriate policies and procedures to promote a positive workplace culture.


Latest word from the High Court on liability for injury to a sub-contractor’s employees
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • November 30 2009

The High Court decision in Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd v Fox has greatly limited the responsibility of a head contractor for damage suffered by a sub-contractor’s employees.


Right of entry: when can a union official enter your premises to investigate OHS contraventions?
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • December 31 2009

Broad provisions exist for union officials to enter work premises both under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) and various state and territory Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Acts.


Inherent requirements error leads to reinstatement
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • February 17 2010

One of the questions most frequently asked by employers is how to best manage employees suffering from a non-work related injury or illness, especially when it appears as though they can no longer perform the inherent requirements of their position.



Workplace regulation: looking ahead
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • October 26 2010

It became apparent during the 2010 federal election campaign that, whichever side won, we would have a government promising little or no change to the Fair Work legislation.


Successful prosecution for reckless endangerment
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • December 2 2010

Lessons learned from the recent Orbit Drilling case, where a company director was fined $120,000 and the company was fined $750,000 for reckless endangerment.