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Modern Awards are an important part of the Australian employment law landscape. Modern Awards were introduced in 2010 and there are currently 122 Modern Awards covering a wide range of industries and occupations. An Award basically sets out minimum standards including base rates of pay, other entitlements and conditions of work.

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Each Australian State and Territory has its own anti-discrimination legislation. The types of prohibited discrimination vary but include such grounds as sex, race, family responsibilities and disability. There are also exceptions or exemptions to allow certain activities which would otherwise be discriminatory.

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The Federal Circuit Court has imposed a record $238,920 penalty on a company providing an airport shuttle service from Newcastle to Sydney airport, for underpaying its drivers.

Interestingly, the Fair Work investigation arose not from an employee complaint, but as part of a national compliance campaign focused on sham contracting. The penalty imposed was made up partly of breaches relating to misrepresentation of employees as contractors, and partly for failing to meet award requirements.
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We wrote in 2011 about a FWA decision involving social media misuse by a Linfox employee. The case went on appeal and the FWA full bench delivered their decision in October, upholding the finding at first instance that the employee was unfairly dismissed and finding that the orders for compensation and reinstatement were appropriate in the circumstances (Linfox Australia Pty Ltd v Glen Stutsel [2012] FWAFB 7097). The employer, Linfox, has since  filed a federal court appeal against the full bench decision, which will be heard next year.

Full bench decision: Summary

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Wednesday May 2, 2012 - Friday March 30, 2012

 

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BlandsLaw are pleased to announce a special webinar presentation for “A Country Practice” delegates and their clients. The webinar will be scheduled for the 2nd May at 4pm and will be presented by our Managing Partner, Andrew Bland and solicitor, Danica Leys.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

MINISTER NAMES FINALISTS IN NSW RURAL WOMEN’S AWARDS

A goat farmer specialising in skin care products and a former agronomist who has established a unique social media platform have been named as finalists in the NSW Rural Women’s Awards,

Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson said today.

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Every year, around this time, we get questions about employer’s obligations to their employees, particularly in the context of workplace functions. There are many parties, celebrations, after-work drinks and festivities for employers and employees to attend, and many of them are connected to work. As such, employers should be aware of, and be prepared for, the potential legal risks and liabilities that may arise.

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