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
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
Most people that have studied Australian labour law will remember the case of bicycle couriers trying to establish they were employees in Hollis v Vabu (2001) 207 CLR 21. The case is prolific for articulating the fundamental indicia to … Read the rest
The Australian Government’s 2016 Budget introduced a number of proposed changes to the labour regulatory framework. Among these is a new 32.5% tax on earnings by short-term migrant workers in the Seasonal Worker Program (referred to altogether as ‘backpackers’).
Labour … 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