There have been recent changes to the Australian Human Rights Commission Regulations 1989, which now allow for employers to apply ‘reasonable discretion against prospective employees if their criminal record is relevant to the position being applied for’. … keep reading
If your workplace practices include either unilaterally or by majority agreement, replacing a public holiday with another date (for whatever reason), the plain-language re-drafting of the modern awards has made a significant decision removing this ability under the modern awards listed below. … keep reading
From 1 October 2019, new rates will apply in the General Retail Industry Award, specifically for weekday evening rates and Saturday rates.
We’ve created a super straight-forward infographic for you to explain the changes. … 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
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
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
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
This decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) is designed to clarify the overtime entitlements for part time employees working outside the roster conditions of the General Retail Award 2010. … 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