12 May 2017
Contracts of employment often include clauses which deal with working on public holidays and setting off over award / agreement payments. Those clauses need to be reviewed following a recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission and any necessary amendments need to be drafted carefully.
21 April 2017
On Tuesday Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced substantial changes to the way skilled overseas workers will be able to live and work in Australia. While the announcement has been met with both criticism and praise, a closer look reveals there is still room for skilled overseas workers in Australia but there will be fewer occupations and greater restrictions for potential visa holders.
19 April 2017
The changing face of shopping centres in Western Australia: Part 2 of 5 - Construction
Following on from our first instalment in this series of e-alerts on “The Rise of Leisure Precincts”, we are now addressing some of the key construction issues relating to shopping centres within Western Australia that are being refurbished or expanded.
19 April 2017
The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) has recently been amended to introduce a mandatory data breach notification regime. This means that entities regulated by the Privacy Act will soon be required to notify impacted individuals (and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner) when a serious data breach occurs.
Author: Elizabeth Tylich
2 March 2017
A Private Members bill has been introduced to Federal Parliament entitled Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2017 (Bill).
The purpose of the Bill is to prevent non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and foreigners benefitting from the sale of Indigenous art, souvenir items and other cultural items and thereby depriving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of the rightful benefits of their culture.
Author: Adam Levin
23 February 2017
The Fair Work Commission has today handed down its long awaited decision on penalty rates, cutting Sunday penalties in the hospitality, fast food, retail, and pharmacy industry awards and public holiday penalties in those industries as well as in the restaurant industry.
2 February 2017
The changing face of shopping centres in Western Australia
20 December 2016
The Federal Court has delivered its first substantive decision concerning the operation of s. 115A of the Copyright Act. Section 115A enables copyright owners to apply for injunctive relief requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites which facilitate copyright infringement.
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15 December 2016
The recent case of Skene v Workpac Pty Ltd  FCCA 3035 in the Federal Circuit Court has considered once again what it means to be a “casual employee” under both the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) and an industrial instrument. The end result has seen the Court find that while the employee was not a casual employee under the industrial instrument, they were a casual employee under the FW Act and therefore the employer was required to pay out annual leave.
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9 December 2016
The Australian Building and Construction Commission was re-established on 1 December 2016. The Christmas gifts keep on coming with two new codes introduced which apply to Commonwealth and WA State funded building work.