Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Australia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Australia: Increased civil penalties

The maximum penalty for an invasion of privacy (a data protection breach) under the 1988 Privacy Act has been increased to AUD 10 million (approx …

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Australia: Employment class actions

Employment class actions have recently become a frequent part of the Australian legal scene …

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Australia: IR reforms

A huge shake-up is on its way next year in the world of employment rights and labour relations …

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Australia: Smoking with kids in the car is illegal

A New South Wales law introduced for one purpose is being found to be more widely beneficial …

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Australia: Occupational skill shortages information

Although the economic downturn is easing the pressure of skill shortages in some key areas of the economy, it is unlikely that they will disappear altogether …

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Australia: Gender equality scorecard 2020

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has just issued a report showing that the base gender salary gap is 15% – and 20 …

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Australia: Modern award rates of pay increase on 1 November 2020

The second Fair Work Commission deadline for a 1 …

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Australia: Queensland criminalises wage theft

The Queensland Government has recently introduced the ‘Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Wage Theft) Amendment Bill 2020′ …

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Australia: MUA port pay dispute

Dockworkers already enjoy some of the best pay rates in the country, with many blue-collar jobs annually commanding $159,000-174,000 (US$113,000-US$124,000 …

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Australia: Ombudsman recovers $123m in unpaid wages

Last year, the Fair Work Ombudsman recovered $123m (US$87M) for the benefit of 25,583 workers due to underpayment under collective agreements …

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Australia: Federal Court opts to rule on Qantas stand down case

A Federal Court case between the airline operator Qantas and the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers’ Association has fortunately established that companies may not be held accountable for layoffs without pay in Australia due to government measures …

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Australia: Are you eligible for the JobMaker hiring credit?

Under a new wage subsidy called the JobMaker Hiring Credit, eligible employers are now able to claim $200 (US$143) a week for each additional employee they hire aged 16 to 29 and $100 (US$71 …

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Australia: Sacking penalties set in concrete

Even if an employee is out of time with an unfair dismissal claim and they were a company director, the Federal Court is still disposed to rule in their favour …

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Australia: Thousands of new mothers to qualify for paid parental leave

Eligibility for paid parental leave will change for many parents with children born or adopted between 22nd March this year and 31st March next year …

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Australia: No English, no visa

According to the latest budget, an English language requirement will be introduced as a precondition for obtaining partner visas …

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