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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 […]

Wrap up: the Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference

Posted by Nov 8, 2019

The Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) last week offered a wide programme of speakers and accordingly attracted a large audience. The recent changes to whistleblower laws meant that APSACC was of particular interest this year to those who work on integrity matters in the public and private sectors. Whistleblower protections are attracting great interest […]

Recent ALGWA conference offers little nuggets of gold for employers

Posted by Nov 1, 2019

Last weekend I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend an exceptional conference; the Australian Local Government Women’s Association Vic Conference 2019. The conference was hosted by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Justitia was one of the sponsors.  The theme of the conference was Leadership and Collaboration in government and community. I listened […]

Victoria’s new Labour Hire Licensing Scheme

Posted by Oct 8, 2019

The new Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme (Scheme) – designed to provide protection to vulnerable labour hire workers – came into force on 29 April 2019. The labour hire industry in Victoria is now regulated by the Labour Hire Licensing Authority, which is responsible for implementing the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Vic) (Act) and […]

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 […]

Performance management and receiving feedback – what does it trigger in you?

Posted by May 24, 2019

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at a conference on the topic of performance management. My first thought was “great!” – it’s a topic I have spoken on many times before, so I was fairly confident I could revamp something without too much effort. Yet as the conference approached and my enthusiasm […]

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 […]

When domestic violence affects the workplace

Posted by Feb 18, 2019

Employers can play an integral role in framing attitudes towards family and domestic violence. For example, Telstra’s pledge to eradicate family and domestic violence for its employees is enshrined in its Enterprise Agreement, providing 10 days paid leave to employees experiencing the effects of family violence. More broadly, Telstra are White Ribbon Ambassadors and as […]

What you need to know about the Victorian Long Service Leave Act 2018

Posted by Oct 24, 2018

On 1 November 2018, some changes to the long service leave (LSL) provisions in Victoria will apply when the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) (the 2018 Act) comes into effect, replacing the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) (the 1992 Act). The changes are designed to provide greater flexibility in how long service leave […]

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 […]