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Liability of Advisers – Accounting firm held liable as an accessory

March 13th, 2018
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On 16 November 2017, the Federal Circuit Court made orders against a professional advisory accounting firm, Ezy Accounting, for their involvement in the underpayments of employees by a Japanese restaurant chain.  An order which was the first of its kind under the accessorial liability provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009, sends a clear message […]

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The FWO’s must have Accessory this season!

February 12th, 2018
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The accessorial liability provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“Act”) have been the subject of particular utility by the Fair Work Ombudsman (“FWO”) as its focus continues to be on ensuring accountability for breaches of workplace laws, especially in circumstances of exploitation of vulnerable workers.  As a result, the FWO is prepared to […]

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More Protection for Workers – Introduction of the Protecting Vulnerable Workers Act

September 28th, 2017
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On 15 September 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (“Vulnerable Workers Act”) commenced operation after receiving royal assent on 14 September 2017. As a result of a well-publicised investigation into the exploitation of vulnerable workers by high profile employers, the Fair Work Ombudsman’s focus turned to addressing gaps in the legislation […]

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To Beard Or Not To Beard

May 26th, 2015
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While not commonplace in employment law, facial hair has been the subject of decisions in both the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and Victorian Supreme Court over the last two weeks.

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That Was the Year That Was: 2014 Workplace Laws Health Check

November 24th, 2014
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The Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission have just released their 2013-2014 annual reports, providing the facts on the year that was.

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