DEFAMATION: Watch out for Trolls!

Fairfax Media Publications; Nationwide News Pty Ltd; Australian News Channel Pty Ltd v Voller [2020] NSWCA 102 In a decision on Monday, 1 June 2020, the NSW Court of Appeal held that news outlets were liable as “publishers” for readers’ Facebook comments partially because they “encouraged and facilitated” comments by setting up public Facebook pages. … Read more

Re-opening, Contact Tracing and Your Business (as at 27 May 2020)

As Queensland (and the rest of Australia) look to take steps in lifting Covid-19 restrictions, contact tracing is a requirement that many businesses will need to grapple with.   What is contact tracing and its purpose?  Contact tracing is a process commonly used to trace the spread of an infectious disease throughout a community. It serves two primary purposes: … Read more

‘Casual chaos’ – Federal Court redefines ‘casual’ employee – the implications for business owners with a casual workforce

Case: WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84 (‘Rossato’)  Date of judgement: 20 May 2020  Background  The engagement of casual employees has been a hot topic in the employment sector during recent years.  A recent decision of the Full Federal Court leaves employers with a casual workforce open to substantial risk of claims being made by their casual staff for backpay of entitlements and seeking future entitlements previously available only to permanent staff.   On 20 May 2020, the Full Federal Court handed … Read more