Time to start budgeting for the 1 July 2022 wage and superannuation increases

By Chao Ni, Principal, MST Lawyers With the topic of minimum wages front and centre of the Federal Election campaign, businesses should start budgeting for the upcoming 1 July changes to: The national minimum wage (NMW); and The minimum superannuation guarantee rate. The NMW and Modern Award Minimum Wage Rates The Fair Work Commission makes…

Federal Court clears QANTAS for stand down employees during pandemic

On the 1 April 2022, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision in the case of Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association v Qantas Airways Limited [2022] FCAFC 50. This case concerns the validity of the standing down of Qantas and Jetstar aircraft engineers during the period of limited air travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Court applies new contractor vs employee test – case note on Pruessner v Caelli Constructions Pty Ltd

The decision of Pruessner v Caelli Constructions Pty Ltd [2022] FedCFamC2G 206 involved the Federal Circuit and Family Court applying the new contractor versus employee test that was recently revised by the High Court in the PCP and Jamsek decisions.

Understanding the real duration of a franchise agreement

It is not uncommon for franchisors of retail networks to hold the lease of the franchisee’s business premises and then grant occupancy rights to the franchisee under a sub-leasing or licensing arrangement.