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Changes commencing 1 July 2019

The following are various changes that may affect your workplace and have come into effect today (1 July 2019). Union officials right of entry scheme Recent changes to the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth) stipulate that from 1 July 2019 right of entry permits held by union officials must include a photo and signature of the permit […]

Missing in action? When has an employee abandoned their employment?

The lack of an immediate reason for an employee failing to turn up to work cannot be construed as ‘abandonment’ without being properly investigated. This message was recently enforced by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) who ordered Atlas Steel, a supplier of steel products, to pay $7,000 to an employee after mistakenly assuming they had […]

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 […]