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Are you paying your employees correctly? … Avoid an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman

Recently the Fair Work Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) has been investigating a spate of underpayment of wages and overtime claims (Claims) and has commenced investigations into these Claims and the businesses allegedly perpetrating them. Who is the Ombudsman and what are their powers when
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Employees V Contractors and the Entitlement to Superannuation Payment

A recent case before the Federal Court of Australia, Farnan v Insurance Logic Pty Ltd & Anor [2017] FCCA 595, provided a useful restatement of the key differences between employees and independent contractors.  The Court also considered whether independent contractors are entitled
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Casual Employment Arrangements Due For A Check-up Following Fair Work Commission’s Review Of Modern Awards

If you are an employer, the recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (Commission) is likely to affect the way that you manage your staff. The Commission’s decision – 4 yearly review of modern awards – Casual employment and Part-time employment [2017] FWCFC 3541 – will affect 85 mod
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Restraint Of Trade Dispute Ends In Settlement Between Freehills And Its Former Partners

A bitter dispute over a restraint of trade clause has recently been settled between Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers (“Freehills”) and a cohort of its former partners, highlighting the importance of restraint clauses in the increasingly competitive market for legal services in Australi
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LAWorld Conference – Barcelona, Spain

Early May marked the first LAWorld conference for 2017 and showcased the picturesque city of Barcelona, Spain.  Attendance peaked at a record high which ensured cultural diversity and with it, a broad representation of varying global perspectives.  Discussions included topical legal i
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Changes to the Unfair Dismissal High Income Threshold from 1 July 2017

From 1 July 2017, the high income threshold has increased to $142,000 per annum. What is the significance of the high income threshold? Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (FWA), an employee who is not covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement and whose ‘annual rate of earnings’ exce
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Vendors Beware – Purchasers Of Australian Property Worth $750,000 Or More May Now Be Required To Withhold 12.5 Per Cent Of Purchase Price At Settlement

If you are a vendor or purchaser of an Australian property with a market value of $750,000 or more, the Government’s recent reforms to improve housing affordability may directly affect you. The Government announced, as part of the 2017-18 Budget, that purchasers of certain taxable Aus
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