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IR Claims: Getting screwed at work? 1800FORKED

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A recent ruling by the Fair Work Commission changes the nature of worker rights in the gig economy. The commission ruled that Deliveroo unfairly dismissed rider Diego Franco last year. The ruling contradicts a former commission decision that Uber Eats drivers were not employees. Miles Heffernan from IR Claims told QNews the ruling was significant. …

Miles Heffernan says the recent royal sideshow highlights the difficulties of working in family firms. Of course, The British royals, who actually refer to themselves as ‘The Firm’, are a special case given the relentless focus on the gilded cage they live in. But Miles says, we can still learn from the Windsors about the …

joel wilkinson gold coast suns

Miles Heffernan says the recent apology from the AFL and Gold Coast Suns to former player Joel Wilkinson illustrates that racial discrimination remains a workplace issue.  Wilkinson previously filed a complaint in the Human Rights Commission over racism. His complaint arose from a 2013 Wacky Wednesday event when two of Wilkinson’s teammates dressed in blackface. …

wage gougers international students

Miles Heffernan says a recent incident at Adelaide’s Gouger Street demonstrates the particular vulnerability of international students to wage gougers. However, as he explains, Australian laws provide protections for all employees in this country, regardless of their residency status. Recent viral footage of an incident at Adelaide’s Fun Tea Cafe highlighted the issue of wage …

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South Australian Attorney-General Vicki Chapman will consider submissions made during a recently closed public consultation on proposed new laws to outlaw discrimination. The proposed reforms would legislate to stop religious discrimination against LGBTIQ students and also clients of services. Consideration of the latest reform comes hot on the heels of another win for LGBTIQ+ South …

1800forked miles heffernan worker advocate ir claims job keeper

In another example of an employer exploiting the JobKeeper wage subsidy, a hotel sacked a worker for refusing to work extra hours. Emma Scealy worked front of house at Hobart’s Customs House Hotel for a year. In March, the hotel told staff it would determine which staff to keep during the coronavirus shutdown. Management then …

1800forked ir claims miles heffernan

Industrial Relations Claims recently took a harder approach in their advocacy for workers and contractors. I asked Miles Heffernan from IR Claims about the reason for the company’s new phone number, 1800FORKED. “I’m sick of the bullshit. We’ve been in this game a long time, and we still see employers simply ignoring worker’s rights. This …

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Volunteers fighting the current national bushfire crisis around Australia should receive compensation for their time, according to leading industrial advocate Miles Heffernan. His comments come after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced some volunteers would become eligible for payments to compensate them for lost income during time away from their regular employment. The bushfire payments Earlier …

prison officer sacked

Queensland Corrective services fired a prison officer days before Christmas because he didn’t finish a mandatory first-year certificate. According to a report in The Courier-Mail, furious union officials plan to challenge the dismissal. Work performance ‘unsatisfactory’ Shelton Williams worked at Borallon jail. He had until 7 January to complete the certificate. But officials from the Together …

1800forked miles heffernan worker advocate ir claims job keeper

Miles Heffernan was just 15-years-old when he took on his first wage theft case, and won… and it was all over a pair of pants! Years later, Miles is a professional worker advocate. Related: Discrimination Claims wins $12,500 payout for a very expensive doodle. Like many young people, Miles’ first job was a burger flipper …

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