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  • 30/08/2016

    Employers entitled to rely on “the most relevant and comprehensive medical advice” in managing long term injured workers

    In April, HR Legal reported on a decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) which granted an employer leave to appeal against an earlier decision in which the FWC had rejected the assessment conducted by an independent occupational physician at the employer's direction.
  • 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.