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

Casual employment just became simpler, or did it?

How do you tell whether someone is a casual employee? For a period, the concept was defined artificially under industrial awards and enterprise agreements. More recently, the courts have said that the defining element of casual employment is its uncertainty. This...

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Wages fundamentals for dummies

It’s clear that there is confusion about the basics of wages and entitlements obligations amongst employees and employers (including large ones). All adult employees from the lowliest clerk to the most senior CEO are required to be paid at least a minimum wage rate...

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Constructive dismissal – fact or fiction?

What is a constructive dismissal? It is not defined in any statute. The concept involves recognition that a “forced” resignation by an employee can be a termination of employment by the employer in all but the final act. Constructive dismissal is often raised by...

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JobKeeper Update – What’s new?

The JobKeeper payment scheme has been extended with modified operation from 28 September 2020 to 28 March 2021. For employers who qualify: a. there are now different rates for full time employees and part time/casual employees working less than 20 hours per week,...

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JobKeeper basics – Lifeline or mirage?

The JobKeeper scheme offers employers the ability to keep valuable staff in employment and substantially offset their wage costs. Employers covered by the scheme will be reimbursed $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee over part or the whole of the 26 week period...

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