From 1 July 2019, Single Touch Payroll (STP) has applied to all businesses employing staff in Australia. STP uses your payroll or accounting software to send your employees’ tax and superannuation information straight to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) after each pay run is processed. … keep reading
With the bushfires across Queensland and New South Wales, now is a good time to remind employers about their obligations to provide community service leave to employees. … keep reading
Next Thursday, 12th September, is RU OK? Day, a day when we’re encouraged to be a good friend or colleague and a great listener, by genuinely reaching out and asking those we care about if they are ok. … keep reading
Last week, the Full Federal Court of Australia handed down a significant decision in the Modelez Australia Pty Ltd v AMWU  FCAFC138.
This case had been in the courts for some time; questioning the method of accruing and taking personal/carer’s leave under the National Employment Standards (NES). Although it’s possible that this decision may be appealed in the High Court, at this moment in time, this decision is currently law. … keep reading
Today (Wednesday 14th August 2019) is Ekka Day!
In the Brisbane City region, it’s a public holiday, which means the appropriate public holiday rates apply under your award or agreement. … keep reading
A comprehensive review of the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code (the Code) has recently been handed down by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Kate Carnell. The role of the ASBFEO is as an independent advocate for small business owners, which was launched in 2016. Since then, the focus the ASBFEO has been to support small businesses and family enterprises to enable them to grow and thrive. … keep reading
Queensland workers, including coal workers and stonemasons, will have better workplace health and safety protections, after recent changes implemented by the state Government to the Public Health Act 2005 and Public Health Regulation 2018.
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham said pneumoconiosis, silicosis and other occupational dust diseases would now be recorded on the Queensland Health Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register.
Under the new changes, doctors who are specialists in occupational and respiratory medicine are required to report cases of occupational dust lung diseases to the Queensland Health Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register from 1 July 2019.
“We are now able to monitor dust lung disease like silicosis and pneumoconiosis and identify any emerging workplace health issues.”
“The register also will allow us to capture incidences of other dust lung diseases from working environments where workers are exposed to inorganic dust.” says Dr Lynham.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said all current and former mine workers and stonemasons were encouraged to undertake a health screening.
“If you have been affected by exposure to dust during your work, please get yourself checked out,” Mr Miles said.
“Early detection of some dust-lung conditions may make the difference between life and death for patients.
“Meanwhile, these reforms will ensure we have the best data at our disposal, so we can begin to identify cases of dust-related lung diseases early.”
Workers or family members seeking more information about health screening should call the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland hotline – 1300 362 128.
You can access the full media statement and additional information at http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/7/2/nations-first-dustrelated-disease-register-starting-in-queensland.
Employers have multiple obligations when it comes to starting new employees. A simple but potentially overlooked requirement is that of providing each new employee with a Fair Work Information Statement. New employees should receive this statement before or as soon as possible after they’ve commenced their new role. … keep reading
Employment legislation in Australia can be complicated. Despite these complications, penalties can be significant if an employer gets it wrong. We’ve compiled 10 of the more common mistakes employers think are ok, but aren’t. … keep reading