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6 May 2024

Human Resources Director Australia features DMAW Lawyers' Paul Dugan

DMAW Lawyers' workplace law expert Paul Dugan spoke recently with Human Resources Director Australia (HRD Australia) about how employers can prepare for new regulations coming into effect from August 26 2024, that further determine whether someone is a contractor compared to an employee.

Paul says "The legislation will expressly say that, in determining whether a person is an employee, it's necessary to look at the practical reality and the true nature of the relationship, including not only looking at the contract but other factors such as how, in practice the contract is performed."

This change comes as part of the second tranche of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023.

But what will it mean for employers?

Check out the full article here via HRD Australia to find out.


Our workplace law team advises and represents clients in all areas of employment and industrial law, from day-to-day advice to support on specific issues.

We’ve helped our clients achieve their goals by structuring commercially effective workforce arrangements which protect intellectual property, confidential information, business contacts and goodwill. We also advise on disciplinary issues including misconduct, performance management, workplace grievances, bullying and discrimination, and have assisted with confidential legal investigations.

Principal Paul Dugan leads our workplace law team. Paul was recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia™ 2025 for his work in Labour and Employment Law, Litigation and Occupational Health and Safety Law.

Find out more about how our expert workplace law team can assist your business here.


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