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Whistleblower protections in the private sector

Whistleblower protections in the private sector

A whistleblower may make a protected disclosure for a variety of reasons, including to expose wrongdoing or unlawful activity, or to prevent harm to the public or the environment.

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Can I change jobs when on Workcover in Queensland?

Can I change jobs when on Workcover in Queensland?

If you’ve been injured at work in Queensland and you are in receipt of WorkCover benefits, you can change jobs but it may have an effect on your workers’ compensation claim.

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Will I get reinstatement after a successful unfair dismissal claim?

Will I get reinstatement after a successful unfair dismissal claim?

While compensation (instead of reinstatement) of up to six months’ pay is a common alternative remedy for unfair dismissal, reinstatement remains the primary remedy under the Fair Work Act. However, even in successful unfair dismissal applications, the Fair Work Commission often does not order reinstatement.

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Casual employees’ entitlement to unfair dismissal protection

Casual employees’ entitlement to unfair dismissal protection

Two Fair Work Commission decisions in 2022 considered the circumstances in which a casual employee will be protected from unfair dismissal. These decisions were influenced by recent High Court decisions on the importance of written employment contracts in determining the nature of an employment relationship.

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Can staff be directed to work on a public holiday?

Can staff be directed to work on a public holiday?

The Federal Court has re-affirmed employees’ entitlement to a paid day off on a public holiday. It’s also clarified s 114 of the Fair Work Act 2009 regarding how an employer can reasonably request staff to work on a public holiday, when an employee can reasonably refuse such a request, and the distinction between a request and a requirement.

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Can I register my organisation as a public benevolent institution?

Can I register my organisation as a public benevolent institution?

Obtaining public benevolent institution registration is highly desired by many organisations due to its provision of specific tax concessions, such as fringe benefit tax exemptions, and potential for increased access to government funding. Not all charities may be registered as a PBI and determining eligibility requires a careful examination of an organisation's purpose, structure, and operations.

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$184,000 fine for employer who failed to pay entitlements on termination

$184,000 fine for employer who failed to pay entitlements on termination

When an employee resigned from her employment as General Manager at Atanaskovic Hartnell Corporate Services, the employer refused to pay her final pay entitlements, including outstanding wages, annual leave and long service leave. In Court proceedings, the employer was ordered to make payment but failed to do so within the 21-day requirement. Significant penalties were subsequently ordered.

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Direct Pathway for New Zealand Citizens Applying for Australian Citizenship

Direct Pathway for New Zealand Citizens Applying for Australian Citizenship

In April 2023, the Australian government announced a new direct pathway for eligible New Zealand Citizens applying for Australian Citizenship. The new direct pathway commences from 1 July 2023 and is available to New Zealand citizens holding a Special Category Visa and who meet the eligibility criteria.

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Can employers be vicariously liable for actions of intoxicated workers?

Can employers be vicariously liable for actions of intoxicated workers?

We explore the case of Schokman v CCIG Investments, where the Court considered in detail, the concept of vicarious liability. This matter was ultimately appealed to the High Court.

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Casual vs part-time and full-time employee rights and entitlements

Casual vs part-time and full-time employee rights and entitlements

There are three primary types of employment; full-time, part-time and casual. There are some common employee rights and entitlements that are shared across all three types of employment, however, a casual employee has fewer rights and entitlements than full-time and part-time employees.

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Guide to motor vehicle accident compensation in Tasmania

Motor vehicle accident compensation claims Tasmania – your plain English guide

Our plain English guide to claiming compensation after a motor vehicle accident in Tasmania provides detailed information on the claims process, what compensation is available and other useful tips to ensure your entitlements are protected.

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Widow awarded over $750,000.00 in NSW worker’s compensation death benefits

Widow awarded over $750,000.00 in NSW worker’s compensation death benefits

In a significant Personal Injury Commission decision in NSW, the widow of an electrical worker was awarded over $750,000.00 in lump sum compensation. The widow filed a death claim after her husband died as a result of a psychological injury arising out of his employment.

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