A Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal full bench will next Tuesday hear four separate applications seeking to delay the start-date of the contractor driver minimum payments order and challenging the likelihood of it improving road safety.
Road freight industry association NatRoad will tomorrow ask Employment Minister Michaelia Cash to intervene in an application to delay the start in April of a Road Safety Remuneration Order which it says could create a two-tiered payment system that discriminates against owner drivers.
The High Court has today unanimously found that an employer breached the Fair Work Act's anti-sham contracting provisions when it misrepresented an employment relationship as one of independent contracting.
The High Court will determine whether employers can circumvent sham contracting provisions by utilising a third party, such as a labour hire company, to indirectly engage workers, after the FWO today won special leave to challenge a full Federal Court ruling.
A Roy Morgan Research subsidiary plans to take to the High Court its claim that payments to contractors should be taken to include all award entitlements, after a failed full court appeal that director Gary Morgan says has "massive implications" for other companies.
A leading silk has told a gathering of major employers that the federal government should adopt the Harper competition review's recommendation to outlaw agreement clauses that limit employers' use of contractors and labour hire employees.
A full Federal Court has ruled that two housekeepers who were pushed onto Odco-style independent contractor arrangements continued to be employees after the purported conversion, but also found that their employer had not contravened the Fair Work Act's sham contracting provisions.
The Federal Court will examine the multi-level marketing operations of an international networking business after the Federal Circuit Court ruled that a sham contracting case launched by the FWO was complex and lengthy enough to go to a higher authority.