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Breakthrough decision recognises possible link between mobile phones and office equipment and injury Breakthrough decision recognises possible link between mobile phones and office equipment and injury

Published on 06 September 2013: A scientist working for the CSIRO has been successful in overturning a decision by Comcare refusing him compensation for an illness he claimed had been exacerbated by exposure to electro magnetic radiation while at work.

Are you really an independent contractor? Are you really an independent contractor?

Published on 31 July 2013: If you are a reluctant independent contactor who feels they should be acknowledged as an employee, protections do exist under the law. The fact that someone has given you the title "independent contractor" does not mean it will hold up in law.

DART payments not intended to affect other entitlements DART payments not intended to affect other entitlements

Published on 13 July 2013: Lump sum reparation payments paid by DART will not be considered ordinary income for the purposes to the Veteran Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).

Labour hire workers do have rights Labour hire workers do have rights

Published on 13 July 2013: Many companies have displaced their permanent and directly employed staff with hire-in personnel from labour hire agencies or independent contractors. Independent contractors are self-employed and work for businesses under a contract for their services.

Casual workers do have rights Casual workers do have rights

Published on 03 July 2013: More and more workers are finding themselves in casual employment or working through labour hire agencies. Often this is not through choice, but because employers will often refuse to hire workers on any other basis.

A review of the Terms of Reference A review of the Terms of Reference

Published on 02 July 2013: On the 21 January 2013, the Honourable Len Roberts-Smith RFD, QC was appointed to lead the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (the Taskforce). On the same day, the Taskforce's terms of reference were announced.

A Cultural Review of the Defence Force A Cultural Review of the Defence Force

Published on 02 July 2013: The Minister for Defence announces a series of reviews into aspects of Defence culture, including the DLA Piper Review, a Personal Conduct Review, a Review of the Management of Incidents and Complaints and a review of the treatment of women in the ADF.

Irish redress fund for women working in Magdalene laundries announced Irish redress fund for women working in Magdalene laundries announced

Published on 02 July 2013: The Irish government has announced a redress fund to compensate women who were effectively used as slave labour in laundries run by the Magdalene Sisters.

Calculating your WorkCover benefits as a casual Calculating your WorkCover benefits as a casual

Published on 26 June 2013: One of the major misconceptions held by casual and labour hire workers is that they are not entitled to much of a benefit under WorkCover even if they do lodge a claim.

Casuals do have WorkCover rights Casuals do have WorkCover rights

Published on 19 June 2013: The insecurity and uncertainty that is at the heart of casual and labour hire work practices is eroding health and safety standards in Australian workplaces.

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