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Full Federal Court finds truck drivers who worked as ‘independent contractors’ for 40 years are employees In Jamsek v ZG Operations Australia Pty Ltd [2020] FCAFC 119, the Full Federal Court upheld an appeal by two truck drivers who had worked exclusively for a company for nearly 40 years, finding that they were employees and not independent contractors, and were therefore entitled to be paid their unpaid leave and superannuation entitlements. In the 2018 decision, a single judge of the Federal Court assessed the totality of the relationship of the workers and determined that the truck drivers were not employees. In the Full Federal Court’s appeal decision, the Full Federal Court emphasised

NSW Stamp Duty reform

The NSW Government this week has announced significant changes to stamp duty to be paid by first home buyers of newly built homes. Property Council acting NSW executive director Belinda Ngo said the NSW Government’s announcement represents a “win-win” for first-home buyers and the housing construction sector. The changes in stamp duty are not only targeted at assisting first home buyers enter the property market but also support the construction of new homes From 1 August 2020, any new home purchased by a first home buyer, with a price equal to or under $800,000, will qualify for a full stamp duty exemption. Under these reforms, for a new home purchase of $800,000, the purchaser will receive

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