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

In 2017, the Fair Work Commission made a decision to reduce penalty rates on Sundays (plus other penalties) across a variety of industries. From 1 July 2019, new penalty rates apply to  Sunday rates across these awards. Employers are not required to pass on these reductions, but may choose to do so. Check out our infographic below for the updates: … keep reading

Back in February 2019, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) released a decision regarding significant changes for modern awards with salary provisions. The FWC has not yet released a date for when these changes will come into force, or whether transitional arrangements will apply. If your business employs salaried staff through any of the listed awards below, you need to be prepared for these upcoming changes. … keep reading

If you’re like most businesses, your initial job application process probably hasn’t been reviewed in many years. It’s possibly a list of questions that you ‘borrowed’ from someone else. Maybe you fly by the seat of your pants every time someone applies for a job. Either way, it’s important to understand that there are anti-discrimination obligations regarding job applications, even if you don’t decide to hire anyone for the role.

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