When is a contractor really an employee?

Fines of up to A$63,000 per breach of getting it wrong In Australia, 23 per cent of employers say they now regularly engage contract or temporary staff – with another 44 per cent employing them for special projects – according to the 2017 Hays Salary Guide. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates there are one…

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Recent Changes to the Fair Work Laws

The Commonwealth Government has recently made a number of significant changes to Australia’s employment laws. These changes took effect on 1 July. While much attention has been given to the recent increase to the compulsory superannuation guarantee, little has been given to a number of equally important changes to your clients’ legal obligations under the…

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HR MANAGER PENALISED FOR THE EMPLOYER’S BREACHES

In a recent decision by the Federal Magistrates Court, a Human Resources Manager of a company was ordered to pay a penalty for being knowingly involved in breaches of workplace laws by his employer. In the case of Fair Work Ombudsman v Centennial Financial Services Pty Ltd & Ors a company was found to have…

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