Sham Contracting: Disguised Employment Relationship
Sham contracting is a term used to describe the situation where a worker is engaged by a company as an independent contractor when in fact, they should be engaged as an employee.
Conveyancing - special conditions for residential contracts
When purchasing residential property in Queensland, there is a standard REIQ (Real Estate Institute Queensland) contract used. There is also an option for ‘special conditions’ to be added to that contract.
Volunteer deemed 'worker' under Anti-Bullying laws
Benjamin Legge, a foster carer under arrangements with Barnardos Australia, contends he was subjected to workplace bullying by case managers and other managers. He filed an application in the Fair Work Commission seeking orders to stop the bullying.
Industrial manslaughter reforms being proposed for Northern Territory
The Northern Territory Parliament is proposing to introduce industrial manslaughter laws which could see the prosecution of individuals and/or corporations found to be responsible for the death of an employee at work.
All you ever wanted to know about your annual leave entitlements
Annual leave entitlements apply to the majority of the workforce and in 2009, annual leave was enshrined in the National Employment Standards (NES) as one of the 10 minimum entitlements available to employees.
Can I lodge a caveat on the family home during family law proceedings?
A caveat is a registered notice on a land title that will prevent the property from being sold or mortgaged until the caveat is withdrawn, lapsed or cancelled. How do they work in Family Law matters?
What if I have used all my sick leave but I am still sick?
Under the NES, Australian workers in the private sector employed on a full-time or part-time basis, are entitled to paid ‘personal/carer’s leave’. This leave entitlement is commonly referred to as ‘sick leave’.
What is unfair dismissal and what are my options?
If someone is terminated from their employment and they believe the termination was unfair, there are a number of options available for them to challenge the legality and validity of their termination. The most common alternative is an unfair dismissal claim.
I won the lotto! Does it form part of my family law property settlement?
Generally, in family law, the winnings from a lottery ticket will constitute part of the parties’ property pool. What is contentious is the contributions each party made to purchasing the winning ticket at the time and the subsequent percentage split of the property pool after the win.
Am I being bullied or is it reasonable management action?
The workplace can be an environment of stress for some workers. Although they may feel their manager is bullying them, it may actually be ‘reasonable management action being carried out in a reasonable manner’. Find out the difference.