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Legal Updates

High Court confirms “sham contracting” laws apply to third parties

Date: January 30, 2016
The recent High Court decision Fair Work Ombudsman v Quest South Perth Holdings Pty Ltd & Ors [2015] HCA 45 confirms that the “sham contracting” provisions contained in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) apply to triangular contracting arrangements – i.e. an arrangement whereby a worker is engaged through an entity which is… > READ MORE

Termination of employment for safety breaches not unfair

Date: January 30, 2016
The recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision of Rouady v Qantas Airways Limited [2016] FWC 33 emphasises the importance of conducting a thorough investigation and providing an employee the opportunity to respond to allegations even where an employer’s concerns relate to serious safety issues. Issues The employee’s role entailed refueling airplanes, driving tugs, moving machinery… > READ MORE