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WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene - Casuals are still casuals
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • September 26 2018

The recent decision about casual employment in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene has received a lot of publicity. The Full Court of the Federal Court confirmed


Update: Long Service Benefits Portability scheme passes Parliament
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • September 19 2018

On 4 September 2018, the Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018 (Bill) was debated in the Legislative Council Committee and approved by an


Drawing the line: when “workplace banter” is unacceptable conduct
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • August 10 2018

This case highlights the need for cultural change concerning unacceptable conduct in workplaces and the vital role that employers play in educating


Fair Work Commission Approves 3.5 Increase to Minimum Wage
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • June 1 2018

The Fair Work Commission has today released its annual wage review for the 2017-2018 financial year. You can read the full decision here. This alert


Long Service Benefits Portability Scheme - What community service employers need to know
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • May 14 2018

The Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018, if it is passed, will have significant implications for the long service entitlements of Victorian


Double trouble: Federal Circuit Court recognises that entitlements for two separate jobs worked by an employee within the same organisation must be calculated independently
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • March 26 2018

This decision, in Lacson v Australian Postal Corporation 2018 FCCA 511, provides clarity and guidance for employers who frequently employ people in


Corrupting benefits laws - what do employers need to know?
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • March 19 2018

The changes are a response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, which identified deals between


Sexual harassment - is your Councillor Code of Conduct up to the task?
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • March 2 2018

The ongoing process arising from the allegations against Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has highlighted the fact that many Councillor Codes of


Outsourcing and Local Government: Fair Work Commission decision may open up new options
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • February 19 2018

Last week, the Fair Work Commission ordered that a council’s enterprise agreement would not apply to former council employees who changed jobs due to


Expansion of the Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme - new employment screening obligations in effect
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Australia
  • February 2 2018

The DWES previously only applied to workers in direct support roles at registered disability residential services but has been expanded in response to