We shared a similar post to this a couple of years ago, and as we head into the summer of 2020/21, we thought it was time to share our tips for a safer workplace as the heat arrives across the country. Working safely is always a priority, so ensuring employers and employees understand the impacts hot and humid weather can have on safety is paramount. … keep reading
We have quite a few public holidays in Queensland (and across the country) coming up, including a relatively new one on Christmas Eve. … keep reading
Despite the unexpected challenges 2020 delivered, December is still a good time to review the past year and make plans to improve your business for the following year. … keep reading
In an interesting unfair dismissal case that was heard recently, an employer was ordered to pay compensation of $28,313.41 to an employee who was found to have been unfairly dismissed. … keep reading
It’s hard to believe, but we’re less than a month away from Christmas.
This year, it’s a very different Christmas, managing our businesses through a COVID-Safe silly season. … keep reading
The Fair Work Commission has made some changes to the following awards, effective from 13 November 2020:
Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award [MA000091]
Fitness Industry Award [MA000094]
Funeral Industry Award [MA000105]
Horticulture Award [MA000028]
Live Performance Award [MA000081]
Racing Clubs Events Award [MA000013]
Telecommunications Services Award [MA000041]
Timber Industry Award [MA000071]
Wine Industry Award [MA000090]
These awards were recently updated from 6 November 2020:
Pastoral Award [MA000035]
Pharmaceutical Industry Award [MA000069]
In most cases, the changes are minimal and reflect changes to the layout, language and the inclusion of a rates table. The entitlements aren’t likely to change significantly, or at all. However, it is important to provide the current version of the award to your employees and ensure you are familiar with the updated document yourself.
If you’re unsure about how these changes apply to your business, get in touch with our Workplace Partners ASAP on 1300 766 380.
*This is general information only and doesn’t take your specific circumstances into account.
From 20 November 2020, many casuals employed under modern awards will see their overtime calculated differently.
As part of the 4 yearly review into the awards, the Fair Work Commission needed to clarify if the overtime calculation was to be made on top of the casual loading, or excluding the casual loading. … keep reading
If you’re employing seasonal workers in Queensland, there are some things you need to do for the health and safety of your team, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Many of these should also be addressed by employers without seasonal workers too, without the requirement to submit a Workplace Health Management Plan.) … keep reading
Eligible people from Queensland (and South Australia, along with other states already eligible) may now be entitled to Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments after an announcement of an extension to the program by the Australian Government. … keep reading
It’s been a big year and Christmas is just around the corner! For some businesses, this will mean an incredibly busy time of year, as Australian’s get on board with the #holidayherethisyear campaign. For others, it will be an opportunity to take some well-earned rest. … keep reading