Workplace View

    View Authors September 2018

    Welcome to the September edition of Workplace View.

    • Our lead article takes a look at legal developments in the characterisation of “casual” employment relationships, arising from the recent Full Court decision of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131.
    • Our Did You Know? section reports on the new unpaid family and domestic violence leave now introduced in all modern awards.
    • Our Migration Alert reports on the launch of the Global Talent Scheme to enable Australian employers to engage highly skilled overseas workers with niche skills where they are not covered by the Temporary Skill Shortage visa streams.
    • Our OSH Update takes a look at a recent case where the Fair Work Commission upheld an employer’s right to disregard a late and imprecise medical certificate from an employee and dismissed his unfair dismissal claim.
    • Our Legislation Alert highlights the new labour hire licensing legislation in Victoria (commencing from as early as 1 November 2019), the third state to adopt a labour hire licensing scheme.
    • Our Curious Cases looks at a case where the Fair Work Commission refused an extension of time to lodge an unfair dismissal claim, in circumstances where the employee’s reason provided was based on his depression but where Facebook posts, text messages and selfies from his post-termination holiday showed evidence to the contrary.
    • Our Events Update provides details of the last seminar in our Labour & Employment Seminar Series for 2018, to be held in Perth and Sydney on 10 October and 17 October 2018 respectively, on the topic of how best to manage stressed and/or mentally unwell employees, to mitigate the risk of claims and look after employee wellbeing.

    We hope you enjoy the September edition of Workplace View.