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Category: Industrial & Employment Law


Employee rights when returning to work after parental leave

Returning to work after parental leave – your rights

No matter how much you love your job, going to back to work after parental leave can be a scary prospect. So, what are your rights when returning from leave?

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When does unpaid work constitute an employment relationship?

Case review - when does unpaid work constitute employment?

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission has again considered whether unpaid work constitutes employment.

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What happens when conditions are imposed on a health practitioners’ registration?

What happens when conditions are imposed on a health practitioners’ registration?

Despite a health practitioner’s best efforts, sometimes conditions may still be imposed upon their registration by a Health Practitioner National Board via AHPRA or the Office of the Health Ombudsman in Queensland.

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A win for long service leave entitlements for Cathay Pacific pilots.

Long service leave win for stood down pilots at Cathay Pacific

Hall Payne Lawyers recently won a case for pilots at Cathay Pacific Airways, with the Fair Work Commission deeming it “fundamentally wrong” for Cathay Pacific to selectively apply the terms of the airline's enterprise agreement.

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ETU NSW members win at Sydney Trains

Union win for ETU members at Sydney Trains

The ETU NSW has had a substantial win for its members at Sydney Trains in relation to safety concerns with their 500 light vehicle fleet.

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Significant changes to entitlements of casual employees

Major changes for casual employees in 2021

In March 2021, changes to the Fair Work Act came into effect which were the result of the federal government’s attempts at defining casual employment.

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Can my employer force me to have the COVID vaccine?

No jab, no work: Can my employer force me to have the COVID vaccine?

The Federal Government’s policy remains that vaccines should be voluntary and free. However, depending on the circumstances, your decision to remain unvaccinated may hold consequences for your employment.

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When health practitioners face proposed immediate action

Immediate action against health practitioners

For health practitioners, facing the prospect of having immediate action taken against their professional registration can be one of the most stressful times in a health practitioner’s professional career, and it can be difficult for health practitioners to determine who to turn to for assistance.

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Hay Point Services fined over $40,000 by Full Court for breach of enterprise agreement

Win for CFMMEU against employer for breach of enterprise agreement clause related to unreasonable overtime

Hall Payne Lawyers wins another case for CFMMEU with employer having fine imposed by the Federal Court in the sum of $40,500.

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Can an employer force its employees to take annual leave?

Can you be directed to take annual leave during a temporary shut down?

Requesting employees take annual leave, particularly during traditional holidays, including Christmas/New Year and Easter is not uncommon. This triggers an important question: can an employer lawfully force you to take annual leave during a temporary shutdown?

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Childcare worker loses appeal to Fair Work Commission after being dismissed for refusing to have a flu shot

Sacked for refusing flu vaccine

A childcare worker in Gladstone (Queensland), who was dismissed for repeatedly refusing to get the flu vaccine, has lost her unfair dismissal case against her employer, Goodstart Early Learning.

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What are my options if my employer is not paying my superannuation guarantee contributions?

My employer hasn’t been paying my superannuation guarantee

In Australia, employers are required to pay a minimum percentage of eligible employees’ earnings into a superannuation fund. This is called the ‘superannuation guarantee’ and is designed to fund retirement. Some employers are not paying the required super guarantee payments which leads us to the question, ‘What can you do about unpaid employer contributions of superannuation?”

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