Recent amendments to Model WHS Act

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The national Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Laws were recently amended, with states and territories likely to implement changes in the near future. Introduction On 6 June 2022, the national Model WHS Laws were amended to consider a wide range of matters, including recommendations from Marie Boland’s independent review of the laws in 2018…. Read more »

Binding death benefit nominations, self-managed superannuation funds and the High Court decision in Hill v Zuda

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On 15 June 2022, the High Court handed down its decision in Hill v Zuda Pty Ltd as trustee for The Holly Superannuation Fund [2022] HCA 21. The case concerns BDBNs in SMSFs and whether they need to comply with the technical requirements in the superannuation regulations. The decision The High Court decided that regulation… Read more »

Minimum wage to increase by 5.2% from 1 July 2022

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What are the increases? The national minimum wage will increase to $812.60 per week (or $21.38 an hour) from 1 July 2022. The weekly rate is based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee. This constitutes an increase of 5.2%, which is $40 per week or $1.05 an hour. Additionally, minimum wages in modern… Read more »

ACCC commences proceedings against Meta for scam crypto ads on Facebook

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The ACCC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Meta Platforms, Inc. and Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, alleging that these entities are liable for scam advertisements published by third parties on Facebook. The proceedings The ACCC alleges that Meta Platforms, Inc. and Meta Platforms Ireland Limited: engaged in false, misleading or deceptive conduct by… Read more »

Peters Ice Cream served up a $12 million penalty for anti-competitive conduct

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In line with the ACCC’s new enforcement priorities, Peters Ice Cream has been penalised $12 million after admitting to engaging in exclusive dealing with a major transport provider. Following the commencement of proceedings by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australasian Food Group (trading as Peters Ice Cream) has been penalised $12 million by… Read more »

FWC’s new anti-sexual-harassment jurisdiction: When will the Fair Work Commission grant an order to stop sexual harassment and workplace bullying?

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Sexual harassment claims are becoming increasingly prevalent in workplaces and, only late last year, amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) extended the ambit of the Commission’s anti-bullying jurisdiction to include instances of workplace sexual harassment. The nature of this jurisdiction was examined in the case of Application by Ranmeet Kaur [2022] FWC 487…. Read more »

An employer can breach their duty of care by allowing an employee to repetitively turn their head when operating machinery

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In the New South Wales District Court, Judge Russell dismissed Mr Cavanagh’s claim for injuries arising from his employment with Manning Valley Race Club. Mr Cavanagh claimed that he had suffered a serious cervical spine and right shoulder injury while working as a course manager for Manning Valley Race Club at the Bushland Drive Racecourse… Read more »