A Cautionary Tale for Employers – Case Study of Pece Calovski v Opal Packaging Australia Pty Ltd [2024] FWC 1717  

The Fair Work Commission reinstated Mr. Calovski, an Opal Packaging employee, after finding his dismissal for misconduct lacked procedural fairness.... Continue reading

Fire Technician’s Risky Return: Dismissal Justified by WHS Violations 

The Fair Work Commission upheld the dismissal of Mr. Doherty from Defend Fire Services due to a serious breach of... Continue reading

Unpaid Wages and a Fully Funded Wage Cop – Another Dimension to the Benefits of Legal Professional Privilege

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has received an additional $28 million in funding to combat wage theft, with new laws... Continue reading

Successful Vote Decisive Despite Absence of Good Faith Bargaining – For Now

In Application by SDA for a bargaining order re Sephora Australia Pty Ltd [2024] FWC 1225 (Deputy President Bell, 13 May 2024), despite... Continue reading

Australian Federal Court Decision Clarifies Employer Obligations During Restructuring and Redundancy – subject to special leave application – subject to appeal

Key Takeaways for Employers   Helensburgh Coal Pty Ltd v Bartley [2024], a recent decision of the Full Federal Court of... Continue reading

Casual Conversion onus moving to Employees

There are just over three months from the implementation of changes to the definition of casual employee and the introduction... Continue reading

A Clean Shave is Lawful and Reasonable

Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corp (TasWater) v  Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia (the... Continue reading

Communication is Key: The Importance of Designated Communication Channels 

A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in Rebecca Ramirez v Pinnacle ACT Pty Ltd, Kurt Jaks, Richard... Continue reading

Director or Employee? Contract trumps! 

A decision that will be of interest to directors and organisations alike, the case of Feldschuh v Strong Room Technology... Continue reading

Navigating New Terrain: Closing Loopholes 2.0

On 12 February 2024 Federal Parliament passed the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023, the final... Continue reading

Navigating the New Right of Entry Laws for Delegates

An Employer’s Guide The recent amendments to the Fair Work Act, enhancing workplace delegates’ right to entry, present opportunities and... Continue reading