The FWC has found a roof tiler is an employee who can make an unfair dismissal claim, ruling his employer created an independent contracting "façade" to suit its own purposes and avoid paying his entitlements.
Leading employment law practitioners have predicted it is only a matter of time before Australia sees a test case similar to UK's recent landmark Uber decision which found drivers were employees, not contractors.
Restraint of trade clauses preventing a chief financial officer from jumping ship and working at a rival fashion retailer were broader than what was reasonable to protect the employer's legitimate interests, a court has found.
A national sales manager on a permanent working visa has failed in his bid to win the more than $220,000 in contractual entitlements and bonus payments he says his employer denied him over three years.
An accountant suspended and sent on "home leave" for his failure to honour a sale of business transaction and misdirecting company funds will receive seven months' salary because his employer failed to formally dismiss him, the Victorian Supreme Court has found.
A decision to move 35 teachers from fixed-term to permanent employment contracts has been quashed by an FWC full bench, which found the Commission had no jurisdiction to retrospectively alter their contracts.
The ETU has expressed outrage at an FWO enforceable undertaking requiring a company to donate $50,000 to a migrant community charity and overhaul its recruitment practices after workers from the Philippines were threatened with dismissal if they joined a union.
Fashion retailer Just Group has failed to restrain its former chief financial officer from engaging lawyers once retained by competitor Cotton On, amid claims its rival is funding her defence to gain access to commercially sensitive material.