FWC upholds procedurally flawed summary dismissal for safety breach in high-risk workplace

In Hafer v Ensign Australia Pty Ltd [2016] FWC 990 (“Hafer“) the Fair Work Commission has confirmed that breaches of Work Health and Safety policies can be a valid reason for termination of employment, and importantly, that a procedurally unfair dismissal may be justified when a serious safety breach occurs. Facts Ensign Australia Pty Ltd (Ensign) summarily … Read more

ACCC issues infringement notice to automotive equipment supplier

On 11 May 2016, Update Technology Pty Ltd (Update), paid a penalty of $10,200 to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in connection with an infringement notice concerning Update’s supply of high lift jacks. According to an ACCC media release, ACCC issued Update with an infringement notice after having formed the belief, on reasonable … Read more

National Transport Commission calls for submissions on automated vehicle laws

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has published a discussion paper entitled ‘Regulatory Options for Automated Vehicles’. The discussion paper has been released as part the NTC’s review into the existing regulatory framework in Australia in the context of automated vehicles. The review comes in the context of what the NTC regards as the disruptive impact … Read more

Metropolitan Planning Levy Update

In June 2015 we advised that the introduction of the Metropolitan Planning Levy represented a substantial new tax on the planning application process for developments valued over $1 million. The fee is to be calculated based on the ‘estimated cost of development for which the permit is required’. Since that time a question has been … Read more

1st Edition – Health Insurance Quarterly Newsletter

We are delighted to welcome you to the first edition of the HWL Ebsworth Health Insurance Quarterly Newsletter. With insurance lawyers in each mainland capital city, HWL Ebsworth has one of the largest insurance practices in Australia, dedicated to assisting clients in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance. Within the national practice group we have … Read more