Federal Court rules that Qantas aircraft engineers stand-downs was reasonable

Case: Qantas Airways Ltd v Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (No 3) [2020] FCA 1428 Qantas Airways have had a significant win against the unions this week with the Federal Court ruling that the airlines decision to stand down hundreds of aircraft engineers without pay during the COVID-19 pandemic was due to no fault of the airline. … Read more

Case Note – University of Queensland & Anor v Y [2020] QCA 216

The recent case of University of Queensland & Anor v Y [2020] QCA 216 provides an insight into the prospects of contractual obligations of learning institutions for students who have since left or graduated. The implications of this decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal extends widely to learning, religious and incorporated bodies and prompts … Read more

Falls in the Workplace

Falls in the workplace resulting in injuries are not uncommon and compensation claims are a foreseeable consequence of these falls. Whilst it is recognised that an employer owes a duty of care to its employees, there are circumstances where courts will refrain from attributing the fall and any resulting injuries to the employer. One such … Read more

Case Note – Solomon Woldeyohannes v Zion Church in Melbourne Australia Inc [2020]

In Solomon Woldeyohannes v Zion Church in Melbourne Australia Inc [2020] FWC 4194, a relationship breakdown occurred between the Zion Church in Melbourne (“the church”) and one of its pastors, Solomon Woldeyohannes (“the applicant”). As a result, a claim for unfair dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“the Act”) was made. On 11 … Read more

Compensation of $52,100.00 awarded to pregnant employee for unlawful termination

The Corney and Lind Employment Team represented Ms Liu throughout these proceedings. On 22 May 2020, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found (in Liu v Compuworld Pty Ltd [2020] FWC 2569) that, by dismissing their pregnant employee Ms Liu, an unlawful adverse action was taken against her by her employer, Compuworld. The Case Ms Liu worked … Read more

JOBKEEPER EXTENDED: How can this assist churches and not-for-profits struggling financially?

Jobkeeper Extended On the 21st of July 2020, the government announced proposed changes to the JobKeeper Scheme in exercising its power under section 20 of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Rules 2020. The proposed changes are to extend JobKeeper until 28 March 2021 for businesses and organisations that continue to be affected by … Read more

Repetitive Strain Injury

What is repetitive strain injury? A repetitive strain injury is a term used to describe an injury sustained over a period of time as a result of repetitive overuse. This causes inflammation and damage to soft tissues such as muscles, tendons and nerves overtime. This is most common amongst employments that require repetitive manual labour … Read more