Fair Work Commission gains powers to stop sexual harassment in the workplace

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has been given power to make stop orders in relation to sexual harassment in the workplace in line with recommendations from the Respect@Work Report (for a summary of those recommendations, see here). The new powers apply in relation to applications made after 10 November 2021, after a request from the […]

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COVID-19 | Navigating the vaccination minefield – what employers need to know

Following our recent webinar, ‘Navigating the vaccination minefield – what employers need to know’,  in this easy-to-download PDF we have put together a list of answers to some of the most commonly asked questions for employers navigating the COVID-19 vaccination minefield. This guide will serve as an essential tool in helping employers understand what the […]

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COVID-19 | Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace – is it lawful?

While there have been many issues which employers have had to face during the COVID-19 pandemic, of late the issue which has received the most media coverage, and which has probably caused the most concern for employers, is the issue of whether an employer can mandate that its employees must receive COVID-19 vaccinations. We have […]

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The High Court provides more certainty around casual employees

The High Court has provided further certainty in determining whether an employee is a casual employee in handing down its much anticipated decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2021] HCA 23 (4 August 2021). However, because of reforms in this space earlier this year, the practical implications of the High Court’s decision in Rossato […]

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Industrial Manslaughter legislation on the way in WA

The director of MT Sheds (WA) Pty Ltd, Mark Thomas Withers, was sentenced two years and two months imprisonment (18 months suspended) and fined $2,250 for gross negligence causing death in relation to the 2020 death of a young worker and the serious injury of another. Both Mr Wither’s and his company pleaded guilty to […]

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