A court has found an employer underpaid a worker by more than $230,000 because it "recklessly disguised the true legal nature" of a 20-year-plus employment relationship by classifying him as an independent contractor.
NSW IRC member Peter Newall has lavished praise on parties to a new industry rates determination that started in bitter dispute and ended in mutual celebration, after progressing in the most "sophisticated" manner he'd seen in more than two decades in IR.
Victoria's Andrews Labor Government will review state laws regulating owner-drivers and forestry contractors, arguing that the decision to scrap the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal has ramped-up pressure on heavy vehicle operators.
The NSW IRC has rejected road transport organisation Natroad's bid to exempt its members from legislation extending minimum rates for owner drivers and contractors throughout NSW, finding the unregistered association lacks standing.
A cleaning company that shamelessly exploited a vulnerable workforce made "inept attempts” to avoid the legal consequences when it claimed its employees were independent contractors, the Federal Court has found.
A builder that took adverse action against a subcontractor it refused to engage for not having a certified enterprise agreement with the CFMEU has been fined more than $25,000 by the Federal Circuit Court.
A contractor "knowingly involved" in underpaying vulnerable supermarket trolley collectors and a subcontractor who "deliberately" produced false payment records and underpaid employees have been fined more than $90,000 by the Federal Court.