For everyone Legal news: Securing backpay and supporting members

The legal team has had another big collective win this term, after Victoria University failed to pay sessional staff appropriately for work completed on the Labour Day public holiday. Read the full story here.

In other news, we have ensured that all eligible early childhood members have now received backpay owed as a result of the new sector agreements. Some members were not automatically backpaid as required, leading to some receiving almost a full year’s backpay following the union’s investigation.

The union’s industrial team has also successfully resolved several employee dismissal claims with a total value of $32,000 in backpay entitlements and other advantageous terms such as allowing members’ statement of service to reflect a “resignation” rather than “termination” of employment.

We have also assisted several members through complaint and misconduct investigations in which our advocacy successfully allowed them to retain their employment; and supported others to resolve complex teacher registration renewal matters with the VIT.

On top of direct support from the union’s legal team, our personal injury lawyers, AdviceLine Injury Lawyers, resolved Workcover lump sum claims for 10 members in Term 4, totalling almost $1.5 million in compensation.

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