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ClubsNSW denies "whistleblower's" sham contracting claim

ClubsNSW is pushing back against a compliance auditor's sham contracting and defamation claims, while also pursuing him in another court for leaking an "alarming" board document to independent MP Andrew Wilkie.


Court allows workers to maintain class action

The Federal Court has refused to "declass", provide an "opt-in" or make a common fund order for a major class action that is seeking entitlements for at least 3350 telecommunications workers allegedly misclassified as subcontractors.

Employer's blood-alcohol limit change "impermissible"

A tribunal has upended a large transport company's "unilateral" decision to change to zero its blood alcohol policy limit for contracted owner-drivers, finding a toolbox meeting and noticeboard postings did not meet the governing agreement's consultation requirements.

Our contracts do not contain 'work-wages bargain': Deliveroo

The arrangement under which a former driver worked about 30 hours over a 10-month period could not possibly be considered casual employment, Deliveroo has argued in its Federal Circuit Court defence against a sham contracting case.

Employee status "not a box-checking exercise": Judge

The Federal Court has rejected a bid by the FWO and CFMMEU to upset a major labour hire company's treatment of workers as independent contractors, finding the service agreement signed by the parties transparently spelt out the true nature of their relationship.



Canadian "contractor" who flew south an employee, says FWC

A Sydney-based Canadian paid a regular monthly untaxed figure in US dollars by a Calgary-headquartered company for which he agreed to act as an independent contractor has had his unfair dismissal claim upheld, with the FWC finding he was not genuinely retrenched.

"Inadvertent" underpayments earn tourism operator $168,000 fine

A small coach company that voluntarily repaid two drivers almost $44,000 after admitting underpaying them has been penalised a total of $168,300, despite a judge finding the breaches were a result of "clumsiness and inadvertence" rather than deliberate.