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Workplace Relations

There’s no doubt that businesses are facing a continued and very heated compliance environment.  What heightens this is the Government’s recent proposal to increase the Commonwealth criminal penalty unit from $180 to $210 as of 1 July 2017 and the anticipation th...

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Start-ups and entrepreneurial businesses in Australia are faced with a gamut of legal requirements with which they must comply.  This can be daunting for a new business that started with a brilliant idea on a shoestring budget. As a business gains momentum with increased ...

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has been threatening for a while that advisors will be in the line of fire.   Well, the time has arrived! A recent decision in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Fair Work Ombudsman v Blue Impression Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] FCCA 810]) pr...

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The KHQ Workplace Relations and Occupational Health & Safety team would love to have you join us on 7 June 2017 for a free breakfast seminar on Contractor Management under WHS laws. We are honoured to present this seminar with leading Victorian OHS barrister Step...

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The long awaited onboarding of the WHS model legislation in Western Australia may be closer to reality with the new Western Australian Labor Government in power. Major developments proposed to WHS laws in WA as set out in the WA Labor 2015 state platform include: a ...

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By Michael Cochrane & Jack Stuk ATO disallows overtime meal deduction and imposes penalties (Kael v ATO) Mr Kael (K) claimed as tax deductions, overtime meal expenses for two (2) years during which K worked on building sites during the day, with paperwork performed at n...

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On 14 December 2016, the highest safety fine for a single OHS offence in Victoria was delivered to Toll Transport in the County Court of Victoria. It involved Toll’s shipping service at Webb Dock in Port Melbourne.  Background In 2014, a Toll stevedore was run ov...

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A truck driver has won back his job after being dismissed for misconduct which included making lewd, crude, sexist and Islamophobic comments – here is the decision in Goodall v Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd T/A Mt Arthur Coal [2016] FWC 4129. What happened? Goodall was...

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The NSW Supreme Court has again re-affirmed that gardening leave periods will be considered in assessing the overall reasonableness of post-employment restraints.  In DP World Sydney Ltd v Guy [2016] NSWSC 1072, Justice White held that a restraint period of 3 months, whic...

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