Australia: Final call for casual conversion

Employers have just one month left to take action to comply with the new casual conversion provisions under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). In this article, we provide a recap on the changes to casual conversion, key timeframes for employers, and the steps that employers must take before 27 September 2021. Read more

Australia: Technology in the Workplace – Friend or Foe?

The changes that have been thrust upon employers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the speed with which employers have adapted to them, have undeniably transformed the world of work. Technology has been at the core of much of this. It seems hard to fathom now, but 18 months ago many of us … Read more

Australia: Government support increases as lockdowns continue

With nearly half of the Australian population currently subject to some form of lockdown, there are increasing calls for monetary support for individuals and businesses. On 15 July 2021, the Federal Government introduced the COVID-19 Disaster Payment (Disaster Payment). Whilst we have not  gone back to ‘JobKeeper’ (and the indications are that we will not), … Read more

Australia: Metes and bounds: Court confirms critical nature of employment contracts and industrial instruments when assessing entitlement to redundancy pay and employees’ expectations of ongoing employment

In the Delta FM decision, the Court confirmed the central importance of the relevant terms of an employee’s contract of employment and industrial instruments in determining whether the employee had a reasonable expectation of ongoing employment, as part of assessing their entitlement to redundancy pay. We previously published an article on the decision of the … Read more

Australia: The call to action on sex-based harassment and sexual harassment

Background A bill to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (SDA), the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) (AHRC Act) was today introduced into the Senate (the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021) (Bill). The Bill has been referred … Read more

Australia: Federal Court finds new whistleblower protections will not apply to detrimental conduct occurring before the commencement date of 1 July 2019

On 1 July 2019, the amended form of Part 9.4AAA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act), which sought to provide whistleblowers with greater protection than its predecessor, came into force. These amendments also repealed the specific whistleblowing protections in the Banking Act 1959 (Cth), Insurance Act 1973 (Cth), Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cth) … Read more