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Are you on a fixed-term contract? Jane’s story.

14 September 2015

An ASU member, Jane* had her employment terminated reached, with the assistance of the ASU, a settlement as part of an unfair dismissal claim where the employer had been arguing that her termination occurred because a fixed term contract has expired. The case involved the employer arguing that whilst the contract itself did not specifically identify

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Back to work from maternity or parental leave?

14 September 2015

The ASU receives many queries and often participates in disputes around members returning to work from maternity leave who are seeking flexible working arrangements in order they can juggle work and family commitments. Under the Fair Work Act 2009 provisions exist to enable such employees to request flexible work arrangements which the employer can reject

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Getting the right annual leave entitlement if you’re terminated

14 September 2015

A recent Federal court decision has determined that the usual entitlements an employee receives when taking annual leave should also be provided for accrued annual leave when the employment is terminated. Whilst members under enterprise agreements may receive shift penalties or other allowances when take their annual leave the significance for members in general is

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