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Up it goes… Fair Work Australia’s annual wage review and the high income threshold
By Michael Cooper of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), Fair Work Australia is required to conduct a wage review each year with any increases as a result of the review to take effect from July.  At the same time that the new rates of pay determined by Fair Work Australia come into effect, the high income threshold under the FW Act is also indexed.  read more

Workers’ compensation for a private party at work!

By Meryl Remedios of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

In an important decision on employer liability in cases involving social functions, the New South Wales Workers Compensation Commission has recently found an employer responsible for an employee’s injury which was sustained at a private social function held on work premises.  read more

The importance of HR understanding independent contracting

By Michael Cooper of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

Following a prosecution instituted by the Fair Work Ombudsman, the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia has recently imposed a penalty on a human resources manager for a breach of the sham contracting provisions similar to those in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), despite the fact that the human resources manager claimed he was only following the instructions of the business owner.  read more

Employee or independent contractor?

By Zev Costi and Nicholas Linke of Gadens Lawyers, Adelaide

A recent decision in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia has reinforced the parties’ right to choose the basis of an engagement however this suggestion must be treated with caution. read more