Labour Law and Poverty: Exploring the Connections

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By Anthony O’Donnell The recent decision of the Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers has drawn attention to the key role our regulatory institutions play in ensuring people’s financial well-being. In fact, this… Continue Reading

La Trobe Law School academics Jill Murray and Anthony O’Donnell awarded $450,000 by the Australian Research Council (ARC)

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La Trobe Law School academics Jill Murray and Anthony O’Donnell are amongst a group of 11 leading labour law and industrial relations scholars awarded $450,000 by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in its latest round of funding. The money will… Continue Reading

A Bigger Role for the Victorian Government in Relation to Insecure Work?

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By Jill Murray The Victorian government has set up an Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work, headed by Professor Anthony Forsyth of RMIT University. The Inquiry’s terms of reference note that the government’s law-making powers in relation to work… Continue Reading

Law and Poverty: Forty Years On

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In 1975, Ronald Sackville (then a legal academic, later a Federal Court judge) delivered his landmark report, Law and Poverty in Australia, as part of the Australian Government Commission of Inquiry into Poverty. This week a group of legal scholars… Continue Reading

A Subtle Judicial Conversation About How to Define the Employee: Recent Cases on ‘Working in the Business of Another’

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by Jill Murray The contract of employment is the cornerstone of employment law: most of the protections devised by statute for workers are provided only to those with a contract of employment. This kind of contract is a creature of… Continue Reading

All the King’s Men and Women: C v Commonwealth of Australia

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By Craig Over In C v Commonwealth of Australia [2015] FCAFC 113 the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia ruled that Australian defence service men and women were not employees of the Commonwealth and thus, do not fall… Continue Reading

Legal Personhood in International Labour Law: The Domestic Worker

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By Jill Murray The earlier series of posts about the concept of legal personhood, from the corpse to the refugee to the trustee, highlight the important role that law plays in defining and constructing conceptions of personhood, and the ways in which these… Continue Reading