Workplace View

    View Authors February 2018
    Welcome to the February edition of Workplace View.  
    • Our lead article takes a look at a recent decision of the Fair Work Commission, in which it considered the legal status of an Uber driver claiming unfair dismissal – a very topical issue globally in some countries where Uber operates.
    • In our Employer Reminder, we remind employers of the new labour hire licensing schemes, which will commence in South Australia on 1 March 2018 and Queensland on 16 April 2018.
    • In our Did You Know? section, we consider a recent case involving a labour hire worker who undertook two five-month assignments and was found to have access to unfair dismissal laws.
    • In our Migration Alert, we report on the introduction of a policy by the Department of Home Affairs that clarifies the position for a cohort of existing 457 class employees regarding their eligibility for permanent residence in the future.
    • Our OSH Update takes a look at a recent case where the Fair Work Commission discussed the importance of the Australian Standards in drug testing, when considering the integrity of a urine sample relied on by an employer in terminating an employee.
    • Our Legislation Alert considers new draft superannuation legislation, which, if passed, will impose additional penalties on employers who fail to pay superannuation and will extend the requirement regarding the Single Touch Payroll system to all employers (irrespective of employee numbers).
    • Our Events Update provides details of our seminar event in February 2018, “Not in My Backyard! Are All Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims Coming Out of the Closet?” which will be held in our Sydney office on Thursday 15 February 2018 and the Perth office on Thursday 22 February 2018.