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A different form of employment relations in CQ's coalmines : legal implications for contractual arrangement

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Connie ZhengConnie Zheng, Kristy RichardsonKristy Richardson
This paper notes the extent of contractors working in the Central Queensland’s (CQ) coalmines and proposes a different form of managing employment relations in the coal industry, based on Dunlop’s industrial relations (IR) model. The paper argues that due to the complexity of defining ‘employee’ and distinguishing between ‘independent contractors’ and ‘dependent contractors’ within the Australian federal and state IR legislation, the employers and managers in the industry may not have sufficient awareness of their firms’ legal occupational health and safety (OHS) obligations which nevertheless arise under independent contractual arrangements at the workplace. The paper concludes that further investigation is required to verify whether, and how, firms in the coal industry have effectively managed, or are managing, the issue of OHS under the new employment relations framework.

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Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

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Start Page

1

End Page

15

Number of Pages

15

Start Date

01/01/2006

ISBN-10

1921047348

Location

Yeppoon, Qld.

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Lindfield, NSW

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Business and Informatics; International conference; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International conference

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