Shane Koelmeyer's Blog – November 2015 Archive (4)

Chain reaction: Labour supply chain and underpayments

Department store Myer has come under increased pressure from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) after it declined to enter into a voluntary compliance deed with the regulator.

The voluntary compliance deed was offered after claims of underpayment and sham contracting arrangements from cleaners engaged by companies who are subcontracted to Spotless, the head contractor responsible for Myer’s cleaning…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 27, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

The Grinch who stole Christmas: The dangers of Secret Santa

In our E-Update “Champagne showers and what else to avoid at the office Christmas party” (to read please visit we provided tips as to how to minimise risks during the festive season.

Every year employers remind their employees about the risks of drugs, alcohol, harassment – but employers also need to be wary of an often forgotten source of angst in the workplace...Secret Santa.

Whilst Secret Santa is usually…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 19, 2015 at 16:04 — No Comments

Out on the full: AFL club charged with work health and safety breaches

Last week, WorkSafe Victoria charged the Essendon Football Club (the Club) with breaches of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (the OHS Act) following the safety regulator’s investigation into the Club’s controversial supplements program.

In early…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 17, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Service station underpayments signals court's approach to accessorial liability of managers and directors

Fair Work Ombudsman v Liquid Fuel Pty Ltd & Ors [2015] FCCA 2694

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Court) recently found a director and two managers of a company which operated a Victorian BP Service station personally liable for the underpayment of wages and breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act).


The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) commenced proceedings against Liquid Fuel Pty Ltd (the…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 5, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

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