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Amanda Humphreys – Finalist in Australian Law Awards 2018

3 Sep 2018

MST Lawyers are pleased to congratulate Amanda Humphreys for being nominated as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2018, in the category of Special Counsel.

A Reminder To Franchisors – Disclosure Document Update Season

30 Aug 2018

Franchisors, the time has come to review and update your Disclosure Document for the financial year ending 30 June 2018.

The Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code) requires franchisors to update their Disclosure Documents within four months of the end of their financial year. For most franchisors, this will mean their Disclosure Documents must be updated by 31 October 2018.

New In Modern Awards: Unpaid Family And Domestic Violence Leave Entitlement

Social awareness of domestic and family violence in Australia is on the rise. In light of this, the Fair Work Commission (FWC), as part of their 4 yearly modern awards review, has inserted a new leave entitlement called “Leave to deal with family and domestic violence’ into all modern awards. This award entitlement came into effect 1 August 2018.

When Is A Casual Employee Really A Casual?

The Federal Court has confirmed that employers seeking to avoid paying employees entitlements cannot simply rely on classifying workers as casuals. This is particularly true where the employee works set, inflexible hours and there is a degree of certainty about their ongoing work.

In the recent appeal case of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 (WorkPac), the Federal Court decided that a fly-in fly-out casual dump-truck operator was, by law, a full time employee notwithstanding the casual agreement struck between the employer and worker.