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Australia: Employment Tribunal Redefines Meaning of “Representation” by Lawyers and Paid Agents

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) held the “substantial” involvement of a lawyer in the preparation of a party’s case triggered an obligation under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“Act”) to obtain the Commission’s permission to act as a lawyer or paid agent. This was despite the fact the lawyer did not act as the party’s advocate during the hearing itself.

Australia: The Corrupting Benefits Legislation – What Every Employer Needs to Know

Recent amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“Fair Work Act”) which criminalise the giving, receiving or soliciting of ‘corrupting benefits’ have now been passed by the Commonwealth Parliament. Given the severity of the penalties which now apply to such conduct, all employers should now carefully consider how these latest updates to the Fair […]

Australia: Fair Work Commission Announces Changes to Penalty Rates

The Fair Work Commission recently announced important changes to Sunday and public holiday penalty rates payable to employees working in specific industries in Australia. These changes will require amendments to be made to a number of Modern Awards, and will result in a slight reduction in the penalty rates payable for affected employees working on Sundays and public holidays only.