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Flexible working arrangements are an increasingly common way for employees to achieve a healthy work life balance. Being able to work non-standard hours or from home can be especially useful for employees who have young children or who live a distance away from their place of employment.
Employers owe the same work healthy and safety obligations to employees who are working from home as they do to those employees in the workplace
The question that has been before the Fair Work Commission this year and last year particularly is whether gig workers who receive work via digital platforms such as Uber Eats drivers are engaged as independent contractors or employees?
In the case of WorkPac Pty Ltd  FCAFC 131, the Full Court of the Federal Court upheld a decision that an employee engaged as a casual worker and described as such but working a regular roster is a permanent employee.