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  • 23/08/2016

    More holes in the corporate veil - FWO v Step Ahead Security Services

    The personal liability for managers and directors of companies for breaches of the federal employment laws has generally been limited to civil penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009 and, since 1 July 2012, unpaid superannuation as a result of changes to the directors’ penalty regime.

    For most other purposes, directors and other managers could generally rely on being protected behind the corporate veil.

    But a recent decision of the Federal Circuit Court, said to be “precedent-setting” by the Fair Work Ombudsman, may change that, with a director being ordered to be personally liable, alongside his Company, to repay a total of $22,779 unpaid wages to the Company’s employees.
  • 25/07/2016

    No room for bullies in the workplace

    A recent criminal conviction for workplace bullying puts the spotlight on employers’ obligations with regards to protecting their employees from risks to health and safety and taking appropriate disciplinary action against workplace bullies.