Regional Businesses Desperate For Employees

Regional Businesses Desperate For Employees

Many businesses like pubs and hotels in regional WA are struggling to stay open without backpackers to fill casual positions. Small country towns rely on backpackers to staff hotels, pick fruit or help with harvest during the busy months. However, WA’s hard border...
Medical Institute Guilty Of Underpaying Workers

Medical Institute Guilty Of Underpaying Workers

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research has entered an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman after underpaying employees more than $350, 000. The not for profit medical institute self-reported last year it had underpaid a total of 423...
Lack Of Effective Employee Management Resulted In Unfair Dismissal

Lack Of Effective Employee Management Resulted In Unfair Dismissal

The Fair Work Commission has found that an employee was unfairly dismissed after his employer condoned his abusive conduct for too long and mismanaged complaints about him. Unfortunately, this case is a common example of a small family business being caught out for...
Quad Bikes The Biggest Killer On Australian Farms

Quad Bikes The Biggest Killer On Australian Farms

In 2020 fourteen people have been killed by quad bikes on Australian farms, nearly double the total of eight from last year. Last month a 12-year-old boy tragically died after a quad bike crash north of Alice Springs. On average 15 people die while riding a quad bike...
Whistle Blower Fairly Dismissed

Whistle Blower Fairly Dismissed

The Fair Work Commission has ruled an employee was fairly dismissed by Essential Energy after her post-traumatic stress condition left her unable to perform her job. The employee, of nearly 10 years, was a risk and business continuity manager, who had researched...
Are You Obligated To Pay Workers Compensation For Contractors?

Are You Obligated To Pay Workers Compensation For Contractors?

If a contractor is injured at your workplace what are your obligations for workers compensation? Employers have workers compensation obligations to their employees, as well as some contractors. The eligibility of contractors depends on if they are legally ‘deemed...
Farm Safety Week 2020

Farm Safety Week 2020

Agriculture is a unique industry. It is made up of a higher proportion of self-employed and older workers than any other industry. Agricultural workers often live on-site and work alone, operating machinery or lifting heavy loads. These facts make safety an important...
Employment Age Discrimination In WA

Employment Age Discrimination In WA

CoreStaff WA a labour-hire recruitment service has been found to have discriminated against a worker because of his age. A qualified 70-year-old man applied for a grader operator role in 2018 with CoreStaff. The application was forwarded to a Gumala Enterprises, a...
Underpayment Of Farm Workers

Underpayment Of Farm Workers

A labour-hire company has been penalised $22,440 after underpaying 80 workers on a Queensland mushroom farm. Eighty workers were underpaid a total of $78,664 over eight months during 2014 on the mushroom farm in Stapylton. The penalty is delivered by the Federal Court...
Proceed With Caution: Changing Employment Conditions

Proceed With Caution: Changing Employment Conditions

Varying the work conditions of employees without their consent to offset financial struggle exposes employers to the risk of class actions.  A Federal Court decision confirms that a reduction in employees’ conditions of employment without consent can make them...

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