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Casual Employment: Will the IR Bill get it right?

Posted by Mar 17, 2021

Casual employment has been at the forefront of employment and labour issues for some time. There have been various court decisions in recent years which have caused concern for employers. There is now some uncertainty about the legal status of a casual employee and what financial impact a finding that a casual employee is actually […]

Additional agreed hours and flexible working directions proposed for 12 modern awards

Posted by Jan 25, 2021

Simplified additional hours agreements Currently, under certain modern awards, part-time employees are entitled to overtime rates where they work more than their ordinary hours of work, or if they work outside of their agreed hours or days of work. The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (IR Bill) proposes to […]

Reminder for employers about wage increases

Posted by Jul 1, 2020

As we commence the new 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 to your award/agreement free […]

JobKeeper Scheme: Eligible employers granted sweeping powers under the Fair Work Act

Posted by Apr 15, 2020

On 9 April 2020, the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020 (Cth) received Royal Assent.  Employers need to be aware that this legislation amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act) in a number of significant ways.  Given the current situation, many employers are grappling with reduced demand and/or government restrictions […]

Updated work test eligibility for paid parental leave effective 1 January 2020

Posted by Jan 30, 2020

Amendments made to the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 (Cth) effective from 1 January 2020 may have practical implications for some employers. The amended parental leave payment work test (New Work Test) now provides a wider protection for working women employed in industries where it is not safe for them to continue working while pregnant, […]

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 […]

Private Sector Whistleblowing Laws Finally Introduced

Posted by Mar 4, 2019

After a lengthy spell in parliament, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2018 passed both Houses of Parliament on 19 February 2019. The policy reasons for these new laws are stated in the Explanatory Memorandum: Combating corporate crime is a longstanding law enforcement and public policy challenge. Corporate crime is estimated to cost […]