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News articles written by Australian Workplace Lawyers for reference and review:

The importance of being casual

The rate of casual employment in Australia has increased markedly over the last decade. This is probably because it is considered “cheaper” to employ casual staff. For several years, industrial commission decisions have backed this trend, holding that it is sufficient...

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Are you up to date with the minimum wage?

Now is a good time to make sure you are meeting (or being paid!) your minimum pay obligations. Minimum wages increased from 1 July 2019 as a result of the Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to award a minimum wage increase of 3.0%. This means that the federal...

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Employer policies – do as I say, not as I do?

Modern employment agreements often state that employer policies take the form of directives which must be followed by employees but are not binding on the employer and do not form part of the contract, i.e. you have to do as I say but I don’t!  It may seem...

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Injured employees – just sack ’em?

Imagine this scenario. An employee suffers an injury at work. They are off work for several months with an accepted workers compensation claim. Then WorkCover tells you the employee can return to work, but with restrictions. Say, a weight limit on lifting or time...

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Do employees have a “right” to a support person?

I often hear from employee clients the words “But they didn’t offer me a support person”. The reality is that employers do not have a general legal obligation to offer employees an opportunity to have a support person, unless that right is provided in an enterprise...

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