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Important Update – Annualised Salaries – New Obligations for Employers

As part of the four yearly review of modern awards which we briefly summarised In our November edition of Vision in the Workplace, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has handed down a decision which affects employers paying annualised salaries to employees covered by modern awards. Employers who currently pay annualised salaries to certain award-covered employees […]

Christmas Breakfast Seminar Roundup

Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Breakfast Seminar on Friday, 6 December 2019. We trust everyone enjoyed the breakfast and opportunity to mingle and network with other clients. Angharad Owens-Strauss’ presentation offered a simplified refresher on the termination process. Angharad covered the key issues of: redundancy, underperformance and what constitutes serious misconduct. Her […]

Senate approves inquiry Into wage and superannuation ‘theft’

The Senate has approved an inquiry into the causes, extent and effects of unlawful non-payment or underpayment of employees’ remuneration by employers and measures to address this issue. The successful Senate vote on 13 November 2019, referred the inquiry to the Economics References Committee. This came as a result of successful push by Labor Senators […]

$30,000 penalty for failing to independently investigate a sexual harassment complaint

In a warning for employers to ensure sexual harassment complaints are taken seriously and investigated appropriately, the South Australian Employment Tribunal has awarded $30,000 in general damages against Adelaide supermarket, Pasadena Foodland for failing to properly and externally investigate a sexual harassment complaint against its head chef. The Facts – Allegations thought to be “nothing […]

Election Outcome: What will the Industrial Relations landscape look like under the re-elected Liberal Government?

Brief Summary Changes to the Enterprise Agreement approval process; Increased flexibility for paid parental leave; Increased regulation of core labour hire industries; Changes to Union right of entry on work sites; Early superannuation access for victims fleeing domestic and family violence; Increased funding for the Australian Building and Construction Commission; Potential introduction of freedom of […]

Would getting drunk and vomiting at after-work drinks get you fired?

“Frankly, if one act of inoffensive drunkenness at an after-work function provided valid reason for dismissal, I suspect that the majority of Australian workers may have potentially lost their jobs.” –         Commissioner Cambridge, FWC The summary dismissal of an employee for drunken misconduct and alleged sexual propositioning has been deemed unfair by the Fair Work Commission […]

How might the Budget affect you and your workplace?

The 2019 Australian Budget is introducing funding to target sham contracting and a labour hire registration program. These initiatives are in part addressing recommendations made in the Migrant Worker’s Taskforce Report issued in March 2019. Sham Contracting Crackdown Unit The Government has announced that from 2019-20 it will provide the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) with […]

Victoria Police Need to be More Flexible! What About Your Workplace?

Victoria Police’s recent rejection of a detective’s request for flexible working arrangements was held to lack reasonable business grounds in a recent decision before the Fair Work Commission Full Bench (the FWCFB). The decision sheds light on the considerations employers must heed when faced with a flexible work request. The 57-year-old detective wished to “compress” […]