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JobKeeper renewed - lessons learnt on JobKeeper enabling directions and information on updates to the scheme

JobKeeper renewed – lessons learnt on JobKeeper enabling directions and information on updates to the scheme

10 August 2020

The Australian Government has opted to renew the JobKeeper scheme until 28 March 2021 at a series of reduced rates. In this article we discuss information on the renewed scheme and important clarifications on employer directions.

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Regular and systematic casual employment - when will casual employees have access to the unfair dismissal regime?

Regular and systematic casual employment – when will casual employees have access to the unfair dismissal regime?

10 August 2020

In Angele Chandler v Bed Bath N’ Table Pty Ltd [2020], the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission held that the decisions in Workpac v Skene (and now, WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato ) remain judicially relevant in determining whether an employment relationship is casual, however the test is different for regular and systematic casual employment.

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Contractors or employees? A question of 'in principle' vs reality

Contractors or employees? A question of ‘in principle’ vs reality

7 August 2020

‘Sham contracting’ has once again fallen under the microscope after the Full Federal Court overturned a decision that two delivery drivers were contractors, stating that, although in principle they were free to provide their services to other businesses, in reality they were only able to work for one master.

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Adverse action claim launched by HR manager who resigned due to potential personal liability for underpayments claims

Adverse action claim launched by HR manager who resigned due to potential personal liability for underpayments claims

7 August 2020

An HR manager who resigned her position due to fears of vicarious liability for potential breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) will see her day in court after her employer’s application for summary dismissal of her claim was rejected.

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