A recent Fair Work Ombudsman investigation into Uber drivers has determined the relationship between Uber and its drivers is not one of employer and employee, but rather an independent contractor situation.
Ever worked in a workplace where you were required to provide a biometric scan of your fingerprint to prove you were actually at work? Ever been told by an employer you would be fired if you didn’t scan your finger?
In the recent decision of Oaks Hotels & Resorts Ltd v Knauer & Ors¹, the Queensland Court of Appeal found an employer vicariously liable for its employee sexually assaulting another worker. Background Ms Knauer was employed as a guest services [...]
By John Salter, BTLawyers HR Consultant In a move which has the potential to impact on all employers and their work sites, a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces has been announced by the sex discrimination commissioner Kate [...]
The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (“the Act”) was passed late in 2017. The expressed purpose of the Act is to promote integrity in the labour hire industry and prevent exploitation of labour hire workers. However, when the Act was [...]
Employers owe a high duty of care to its employees and a pre-employment medical examination may go towards fulfilling those obligations. Such assessments can: Confirm an applicant is able to perform the inherent requirements of the role; Allow an employer [...]
By Samantha Cathcart With a new work year ahead and potentially new workers on board, it is a prudent time for businesses to review their workplace health and safety systems and ensure workers are properly inducted, trained and supervised in [...]
By Samantha Cathcart The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (“the Act”) commences on 16 April 2018. The Act responds to the Report of the Queensland Finance and Administration Parliamentary Committee Inquiry, released on 30 June 2016, which contained evidence of exploitation of [...]
Did you know that the police forensic investigation team often visit wrecking yards to conduct tests to determine the cause of a motor vehicle accident?