They say hindsight is 2020, and this year, that’s certainly the truth!

For our final blog post of the year, we bring you The Year in Review : 2020, compiling our top 10 blog posts for the year.

Changes to Overtime Calculations for Casuals in Many Awards

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.

Almost 100 awards were impacted by the clarification of overtime calculations for casuals. You can see the full list here.

 

What to do when an employee is negative about your business on social media

Q. I’ve become aware of an employee making disparaging remarks about my business on social media. What can I do?

 

Wage Theft Now a Criminal Offence in Queensland

Borne from a Parliamentary inquiry, Queensland’s Industrial Relations Minister, Grace Grace has said, “…These new laws are designed to deter employers who are deliberately (and sometimes systemically) committing wage theft.” By reclassifying wage theft as a criminal act, much harsher penalties can now be expected.

 

Our Guide to Managing Redundancy

Unfortunately, there are times, especially during this pandemic, where employers will need to consider redundancies within their workplace. It’s important to get the facts and processes around redundancies correct to ensure the best outcome for all parties involved.

 

UPDATE: High Court Decision Regarding Personal Leave Accruals

The High Court of Australia handed down a decision on 13 August 2020, clarifying the rules around personal/carer’s leave; in particular, how it is accrued and taken under the terms of the National Employment Standards (NES).

 

Paid Pandemic Leave Now Included in Some Awards

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently made determinations varying the following awards:

  • Aged Care Award
  • Nurses Award
  • Health Services Award

 

Going back to the workplace during the Coronavirus pandemic? Here’s your biggest questions answered.

With so much focus on lockdown, operating restrictions and frontline workers, no one expected just how much COVID-19 was going to change the way we work for ALL employees. So much so that understanding when we can and cannot go back to the workplace can be quite challenging to navigate. To make life easier, we have answered your biggest questions below.

 

Federal Minimum Wage Increase Announcement

The Fair Work Commission has recently announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages, including modern award rates.

Due to the current pandemic situation, these increases will be rolled out across 3 different time periods, according to the relevant industry your business employs people in.

 

Can an employer require an employee to download the COVIDSafe app?

With downloads of the COVIDSafe app (the Australian government app used for contact tracing those who have been in contact with people with COVID-19) reaching over 5 million, we know employers have been wondering if they can require an employee to download the COVIDSafe app.

 

Still Need to Make Changes for Your Award-Based Salaried Employees?

Have you made the changes required, to reflect the new arrangements for modern award- based, salary employees? These changes will apply from 1 March 2020 and don’t have a grace period. If your business employs salaried staff through any of the listed awards below, you need to be prepared for these upcoming changes.

 

Whatever your workplace challenges, we’ve been here to help through 2020 and will continue to do so in 2021 and beyond. If you need help in your workplace, give us a call on 1300 766 380.

 

*This is general information only and doesn’t take your specific circumstances into account.