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Tough gig for workers

By Michael Cochrane (Senior Associate) and Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) In May 2018, Greens MP, Adam Bandt introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Making Australia More Equal) Bill into parliament.  The bill is targeted at gig economy workers (also known as “sharing” economy workers), such as Ubereats drivers and Deliveroo bicycle riders. Currently, these workers are considered … Read more

Property owner bears clean up cost

A recent case highlights the importance for property owners in ensuring they are aware of uses of their properties by lessees and take appropriate steps to deal with any residual issues once the lessee decides to move on. Background A holding company in Victoria leased property to a skip bin company that intended to use … Read more

Uber still not an employer (according to FWC), but for how long?

Late last month an Uber driver was unable to convince the FWC that he was an employee for the purposes of unfair dismissal protection.  DP Gostencnik categorically rejected the applicant’s argument that a recent 2016 UK Employment Tribunal case which found an Uber driver was a “worker” should be applied in Australia noting that the legislation … Read more

Fair Work Act penalties on the rise again!

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 that more increases will come! Once the proposal receives royal assent, the possible penalties … Read more