Employment law & Industrial relations

  • Silicon Valley firms sued over “no-poaching” pact by

    The world’s biggest tech companies including Google and Apple are being called to account by former employees over alleged “no poaching” deals – an indication of the extreme measures top-tier firms take to retain their key talent.

  • Frontline Intelligence: Legal - The politics of adverse action by

    Peter Doughman outlines why recent developments in the Barclay case are a cause for concern for employers.

  • Contractor tax obligations by

    As Sue Williamson explains, the cost of getting the classification of contractors wrong is high and anyone with contractors on their books needs to make sure that they have been correctly classified for tax, superannuation and fair work purposes.

  • Dodgy dealings: Getting caught for sham contracting by HCA

    Article removed: http://www.hcamag.com/hr-news/dodgy-dealings-getting-caught-for-sham-contracting-119811.aspx In an effort to reduce tax evasion, which currently costs $2.4bn annually, The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has announced a crackdown on businesses engaging in sham contracting arrangements.

  • Social networking and the workplace by

    Practical jokes, skylarking at work and workplace gossip have always been around, but with the advent of social media, such behaviour is increasingly being played out in a very public arena. Tim Longwill and Peta Shanahan consider the pitfalls of social media and the workplace.

  • Redundancies: FWA decision creates even more risk by

    In a potentially far-reaching decision, Fair Work Australia (FWA) has found that the redundancy of a senior manager was not genuine because the employer failed to offer the chance of redeployment to a lower position within the organisation.

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