Australia: “What is the ruin of a person’s quality of life worth?”: Hughes v Hill confirms the upward trend in damages for sexual harassment

In Hughes v Hill, the Full Federal Court emphatically dismissed a solicitor’s appeal against a finding that he had sexually harassed a paralegal and against damages which he asserted were “manifestly excessive”. In doing so, the Court made it clear that the highest level of damages (both general and aggravated) will be available – and justified … Read more

Australia: New COVID-19 notification requirements for Victorian employers

The Victorian Government has responded to the second surge in Covid-19 cases, by expanding the existing notification duty on employers to now require notification to WorkSafe of cases of COVID-19 among their employees and contractors. Under the expanded definition of a notifiable incident, Victorian employers that become aware that an employee or an independent contractor … Read more

Australia: Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker – What you need to know

The Australian Government has announced that it will extend the JobKeeper Payment scheme until 28 March 2021, subject to modifications to tighten employer eligibility and a phased reduction in the JobKeeper payment rate. Employers should consider how these changes might impact their existing or future workforce management strategies. The JobKeeper Payment scheme has been extended … Read more

Australia: Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce – Report

Last week, the Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce released its report into the ‘on-demand’ workforce in the Victorian labour market (the Report). This inquiry was commissioned by the Victorian Government in 2018 following widespread concern over the wages and conditions offered to workers in the gig economy. Overall, the Report finds that that many … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update July 2020

As we hit mid year, the employment landscape across Asia has started to move away from only focussing on Covid-19 related emergency measures. Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the recent decision in Malaysia in Ahmad Zahriv AIMS Cyberjaya Sdn BHd in relation to fixed term employment contracts; the restrictions … Read more

Australia: Labour Hire Licensing Update – July 2020

Further to our previous updates, there have been two updates to the ACT and SA labour hire licensing (LHL) legislation that have passed Parliament recently, but have not yet commenced. The SA Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 (the SA Act) which introduces significant changes to the LHL scheme in SA. … Read more