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The legal difference between an employee and an independent contractor has been blurred for some decades, leading to plenty of confusion and complaints from each of employers, contractors, and employees. The lack of clear guidelines has led to potential exposure for employers to litigation and prosecution.

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Easter Sunday Change in Northern Territory

A legislative change in mid-March 2022 has seen employees in the Northern Territory gain an additional public holiday over the Easter long weekend. However, this change is temporary and only applies for the Easter long weekend in 2022.

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Easter Sunday Public Holiday Change in Western Australia

A legislative change in late December 2021 has seen employees in Western Australia officially gain an additional public holiday over the Easter long weekend, commencing this year.  Prior to this change, only Good Friday and Easter Monday were gazetted Public Holidays for employees in WA, with Easter Sunday not recognised as a public holiday and treated as a normal day for employers and employees. However, on 16 December 2021, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was passed by State Parliament, making Easter Sunday a gazetted public holiday permanently into the future.

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Casual Conversion: What happens after offers are made?

Last month, we published a reminder that the deadline for assessing casual employees’ eligibility for conversion to permanent employment and making an offer (or ‘non-offer’) was fast approaching. All employers of casual employees (other than ‘small business employers’) were required to complete a number of actions prior to the 27th of September 2021 deadline, including assessing and notifying casual staff about whether they are eligible for casual conversion under the Fair Work Act 2009.  

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