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Introduction of the Victorian Wage Theft Act 2020

By Chao Ni, Principal, and Renee Karakinos, Lawyer Background On 16 June 2020, the Victorian Wage Theft Act 2020 (the Act) was passed by both houses of the Victorian Parliament. The Act establishes new civil and criminal offences targeting employers who deliberately withhold (whether directly or indirectly) employee entitlements from employees and employers who falsify…

Workplace Relations Update – Minimum Wage Increase

By James Sanders, Associate The Fair Work Commission (‘Commission’) decided on 19 June 2020 to increase both the national minimum wage and the modern award minimum wages by 1.75%. This takes the national minimum wage from $19.49 per hour ($740.80 per week) to $19.84 per hour ($753.80 per week). This decision will impact all employers…

Federal Court milestone decision regarding casual employees and their leave entitlements

By Renee Karakinos, Lawyer, and Chao Ni, Principal In August 2018, a Full Federal Court unanimously determined that a casual labour hire worker was a permanent employee, and therefore was entitled to paid leave entitlements under the National Employment Standards (NES) (WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131). However, the Full Federal Court in…

COVID-19: Re-opening the Workplace

The Australian, State and Territory Governments have recently announced graduated multi tiered plans to relax COVID-19 restrictions. Employers now need to consider when and how they return their employees to their workplace, and what they must do to ensure the safety of, not only their employees, but all other visitors to their workplace. This Step…