Recent news

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

Australia: Minimum wage increase

The Fair Work Commission has announced that the national minimum wage in Australia will increase by 2 …

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Australia: Record low wage growth

Wage growth has reached a record low in Australia …

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Australia: Termination of expired enterprise agreements

Departing from its normal approach to the termination of expired enterprise agreement, the Australian Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently terminated 12 such agreements …

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Australia: Compulsory health assessment policy found to be unlawful

Australia’s Fair Work Commission recently considered whether an employer was entitled to make their employees undertake mandatory health assessments …

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Australia: Ruling on post-termination misconduct

In a recent case, a Full Bench of the Federal Court of Australia provided clarification on when an employer can justify the summary dismissal of an employee on the basis of alleged cases of misconduct that were discovered after termination of employment …

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Australia: Directors held personally liable for underpayment of wages

In a number of cases brought recently by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Australia, directors have been found personally liable — alongside the company — for underpayment of wages …

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Australia: Changes to the rules on taxation of employee share schemes

Proposed amendments to the taxation of employee share schemes (ESS) have been put before parliament in Australia …

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Australia: Zero-tolerance drug policies supported by court

Zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policies have been strengthened following a decision of the Federal Court of Australia …

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Australia: Wage Price Index figures

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index rose 0 …

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Australia: Dismissal for sending offensive emails considered harsh and unreasonable

A Full Bench of Australia’s Fair Work Commission has made an interesting ruling regarding dismissal for inappropriate use of work email …

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Australia: Failure to follow company policy could be breach of contract

An employer in Australia was recently found to have breached the terms of an employment contract by failing to follow the investigation procedure established in their harassment and discrimination policy …

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Australia: Ex-employee ordered to pay compensation for retaining company data

The Federal Court of Australia recently ordered an individual to pay their former employer 50,000 Australian dollars (approximately 39,000 US dollars) in damages after they retained company data following termination of employment …

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Australia: Average weekly earnings

In May 2014, 25% of all employees in Australia earned total cash earnings of 1,532 Australian dollars (1,184 US dollars) or more per week, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics …

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Australia: Review of Fair Work Act requested

Australia’s federal government has asked the Productivity Commission to review the Fair Work Act …

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Australia: Biggest cause of accidents is lifting, pushing, pulling or bending

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 531,800 individuals suffered a work-related injury or illness in the last 12 months in Australia …

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