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Increase to high income threshold and Fair Work Commission filing fees

Posted by Jul 10, 2020

Filing fee In accordance with the increase to the national minimum wage (our blog post on the minimum wage increase can be found here), the Fair Work Commission (Commission) has announced an increase to the application fee for unfair dismissals, general protections and anti-bullying applications to $74.50 from 1 July 2020. High income threshold The […]

The Fair Work Commission rates Uber Eats delivery drivers – and they are not employees

Posted by May 14, 2020

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWCFB) has confirmed the Commission decision at first instance that a delivery driver was not an employee either of Uber Eats, which provided the technology platform and advertising of its service, or of Portier Pacific Pty Ltd (Portier), the payment collection agent. The delivery driver was found […]

All in? Updates to rules for annualised wage arrangements

Posted by Feb 13, 2020

What is an annualised wage arrangement? Some modern awards contain provisions for an annualised wage arrangement. An annualised wage arrangement is a mechanism by which an employer pays an annualised wage to an award employee that is equal or superior to the entitlements required by the modern award. This allows for payment of a higher […]

Does an employer have to give a reason when terminating employment during the probationary period?

Posted by Jun 11, 2019

The Federal Circuit Court, in the recent penalty decision of Pacheco-Hernandez v Duty Free Stores Gold Coast Pty Ltd (No. 2) [2019] FCCA 1295, ordered the employer to pay a penalty of $20,000 after it dismissed a probationary employee for a prohibited reason. The penalty was additional to the approximately $10,000 that was awarded in […]

Looming election and Labor’s IR Policy Platform

Posted by Feb 25, 2019

With a Federal Election due to be held by May 2019, industrial relations is already shaping up as a key battleground for the major political parties. The Australian Labor Party (Labor) has announced several policies relating to employment and industrial relations in their 2018 draft National Policy Platform. In the event Labor are elected, the […]

Reminder for employers about wage increases

Posted by Jun 21, 2018

As we come to the end of this financial year, we remind employers that some of you may very soon be required to increase wages for your employees. Are you one of those employers? Read on to consider whether this legal obligation affects you. If you are an employer who pays: • the minimum wage […]

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over – new guidance on maximum term contracts

Posted by Feb 27, 2018

In a case that will have major ramifications for the way employers structure their employment contracts, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has held that an employee employed under a maximum term contract, that ended on the agreed expiry date, is not necessarily excluded from its unfair dismissal jurisdiction. A maximum term contract […]