Australia: Labour Hire Licensing Scheme recommenced in South Australia

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (SA) will continue to operate, and will be enforced from 1 September 2019. CBS will recommence accepting applications for labour hire licences from 14 June 2019. All labour providers operating in South Australia must lodge their application by 31 August 2019. As you may recall from previous updates, the … Read more

Australia: Casual employment and double dipping continues to take centre stage

In our previous Legal Briefing we discussed the flurry of recent activity with plaintiff-focussed litigation funders and law firms instituting and threatening to commence class action claims in the mining, direct sales and marketing, and labour hire sectors over the alleged underpayment of employees who have been misclassified as “casual” employees. Our latest instalment involves class … Read more

Australia: Employment class actions threaten to disrupt employers and unions alike

Over the past decade at least, many businesses have become alert to the burgeoning trend of class action law suits in Australia. Class actions, for example, have been commonly used to litigate shareholder actions and product liability claims. But until recently, they have been rarely used in the context of employment related disputes. Read our latest … Read more

Australia: Petroleum and gas industry faces changes

In anticipation of amendments to the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Qld) (Act), companies covered by the Act should begin turning their minds to current appointments and potential changes they may wish to implement, particularly taking into account the proposed removal of the limitation period. Read more