The United Kingdom has had an eventful winter on the labour front, with a wave of strikes hitting the country and bad news on wages. This week’s post will be exploring the wave of strikes, whilst next week I will … Read the rest
This article is part of CAP Labour’s original research series that briefly explores issues in Australian and international labour law. In this article, ANU law student Maxine Viertmann looks at the use of restraint of trade clauses in employement contracts, … Read the rest
Author: Maxine Viertmann
Whistleblowing is an important mechanism that keeps corporations accountable to rules of corporate governance and has in many cases shined a light on major corporate wrongdoing. Yet, many instances of corporate whistleblowing have been met with vicious … Read the rest
In a further development in the 7-Eleven saga, another franchise has been penalised by the Federal Court for underpaying its workers. The case is the fifth 7-Eleven investigation to be decided in court, with three pending.
In what seems a … Read the rest
Over 250 workers have been back-paid their Christmas Day entitlements after an operator in Melbourne ‘inadvertently’ underpaying them over $21,000.
According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, the restaurant operator ‘mistakenly believed it could declare Christmas Day a “shut-down”, rather than … Read the rest
The Federal Circuit Court, in proceeding commenced by the Fair Work Ombudsman, has handed down a record penalty of more than $400,000 against the operators of a 7-Eleven store which, according to the Ombudsman, ‘systematically exploited its workers’. Court proceeding … Read the rest
The Federal Court yesterday handed down the largest fine yet applied for the underpayment of employees, ordering that a 7-Eleven franchisee pay a total of $214,000 for underpaying two workers.
Judge Justin Smith justified the record fine by stating that … Read the rest
Earlier this month, the OECD released its report on labour market policy in Australia, focusing on the necessity of reintegrating disadvantaged laid-off workers into the labour market through ‘intensive employment services.’ In light of the recent closures of a number … Read the rest
Westpac Banking Corporation v Wittenberg FCAFC 33 – 14/03/16
This case concerned a retention bonus promised to employees upon merger of their employer (St George Bank) with another company (Westpac). The case turned on the application of employment policies … Read the rest
The International Labour Organisation lays March 2017 ultimatum for Qatar – 17/03/16
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has released the report of its mission to Qatar, giving the Qatari Government a deadline of March 2017 to bring significant labour law … Read the rest