Casual Employment Changes

Finally, there is some good news for employers. The Federal Government last month passed the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (the Bill) which has resulted in significant changes to casual employment. Casual employment has been a hot topic over the last two years with a number of Full Court and Fair Work Commission decisions significantly impacting on how casuals were categorized. These decisions resulted in [...]

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Fair Work Commission Award Wage Increase

The Fair Work Commission today has issued its decision to increase the national minimum wage by 1.75% to $753.80. This will be effective as of 1 July 2020.   However, the FWC has determined different operative dates for increases to other modern awards.   Group 1 awards will have an increase effective 1 July 2020 Group 2 awards will have an increase effective 1 November 2020 Group 3 awards will have [...]

By |Compliance, COVID-19, HR Audit|

BREAKING: Immediate changes to the Clerks-Private Sector Award due to COVID-19

The Fair Work Commission has varied the Clerks-Private Sector Award in response to a special COVID-19 application. These changes are effective Saturday, 28th March until 30 June 2020, unless extended. If not extended, the Award will revert to its original clauses on 1st July 2020. These changes are contained in Schedule I of the Clerks-Private Sector Award. The key amendments to the Award, which will apply from the employee’s first full [...]

COVID-19 Employer Update

Here is an update about where employers currently stand regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The three main questions that we're getting asked are: What happens if we have to close or we're directed into quarantine? Can I direct an employee to go home if they're sick? What are the implications of an employee working from home? What happens if we have to close or we're directed to go into quarantine? Most [...]

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Coronavirus: Working from Home Workplace Health and Safety Checklist

An employer has an obligation to their employee's health and safety whilst they're at work and this includes employees working from home. If you're considering allowing staff to work from home during this COVID-19 period, then you can utilise this Working from Home WH&S Checklist. This will help you to identify any potential risks and take appropriate action to eliminate or minimise the risks to your employees. In the instance that [...]

By |HR Solutions, Management|

Conflict in the workplace

Do you have conflict in the workplace? Employees not getting along? Workplace conflict can result in increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, formal complaints and staff turnover. You’d be surprised too (or maybe you won’t be!) to learn that the starting point of most conflict is almost always cause by something quite small. Conflict in the workplace is unavoidable. Workplaces are made up of people and people by their very nature have different [...]

What’s a High Performing Business? (and does it matter?)

What is a high performing workplace? A high performing workplace is at its very crux a workplace that is achieving superior business results. Which sounds great because who doesn’t want their business to be achieving more? But is it just for big business and can my SME really become a high performing workplace? Of course, it can! In fact, being a high performing workplace should be of paramount importance to small [...]

So many changes! Are you compliant?

The last 12 months has been a big one in the employment law and relations space with more changes set to come into effect on the 1st March 2020. It wouldn't be hard to have missed one or two changes. Unfortunately, missing just one change could mean that you are breaching your obligations as an employer and the Fair Work Act (Cth) which could result in a underpayments claim and/or severe [...]

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