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.



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

A. Hopefully you’ve got a documented social media policy in place that the employee has signed, and addresses this issue. If not, implementing a social media policy is a great place to start.

You should schedule a meeting with this employee to discuss the matter, allowing them to bring a support person if they chose to do so, and referring back to any relevant clauses in the employee’s contract and the social media policy. It would be a matter of putting the allegation(s) and any supporting evidence to the employee and providing the employee with the opportunity to respond.

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