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HR + Employment Law: Latest Alert - Edition 20 June 2019
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HR + Employment Law: Latest Alert - Edition 20 June 2019

Latest News Minimum wage increase The Fair Work Commission has handed down its decision to increase the national minimum wage by 3% or $19.49 per hour for adults effective 1 July 2019. On that basis, we encourage employers to compare their current rates under any Enterprise Agreement and ensure compliance with the Federal national minimum increase.  To review the decision handed down by ...

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'Employee' or 'Independent Contractor'

Our Employment and Workplace Relations team have put together this excellent resource when considering whether a person is an employee compared to an independent contractor. Whilst the factors to determine the issue are well-established, the distinction can be complex and sometimes blurred. Please click on the image below to download the PDF.

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HR + Employment Law: Latest Alert - Edition 19 May 2019
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HR + Employment Law: Latest Alert - Edition 19 May 2019

Update on the Federal Election 2019 Further to our February 2019 Alert, we provide below a list of some of the key policies of major parties in the area of employment and workplace relations. Unsurprisingly, the Coalition government as incumbents do not offer such a comprehensive extent of policies when compared with the ALP who are seeking to challenge the status quo.  Please click here for a list of the key policies....

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HR + Employment Law: Latest Alert Edition 18 - 2019
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HR + Employment Law: Latest Alert Edition 18 - 2019

Latest News The Mental Health Code of Practice has been launched this week by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, following extensive public consultation. Whilst this is a mandatory resource specifically for those on a FIFO roster within the resources and construction sector, it provides useful guidance more generally to employers with an interest in the mental health of their workforce....

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HR + Employment Law: Latest Updates & Trends Edition 17 - 2019

Summary of key updates in 2018 The introduction of Domestic Violence Leave - The Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2018 was passed in December 2018 which will see all workers under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) entitled to 5 days’ unpaid domestic violence leave., Casual conversion clauses took effect 1 October 2018 into 84 modern awards allowing a ‘regular ...

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“There’s no such thing as a permanent casual”?

The well recognised and long-standing approach has been for casual employees to receive an attractive loading to compensate for benefits typically enjoyed by permanent employees, including annual leave and sick leave. Nevertheless, in the WorkPac decision, the Full Federal Court held that a casual employee was entitled to accrued benefits (enjoyed by permanent employees) such as annual leave, based ...

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HR Toolbox Edition 16 - 2018

Latest news Senate Inquiry into Gig Economy, The Future of Work Report (the Report) has been released by the Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers (established by the Senate) after a year-long inquiry to “report on the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in Australia”…including relevantly “employment status and working patterns of Australians”....

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HR Toolbox Edition 15 - 2018

Latest decisions An unusually close relationship between an employee and employer nullifies bullying claim, Ms McCutcheon, who was employed as an area manager with a wine wholesaler alleged that she was subjected to repeated unreasonable behaviour during the course of her employment. Amongst the allegations, Ms McCutcheon claimed that the wine wholesaler’s Managing Director, inappropriately ...

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HR Toolbox Edition 14 - 2018

Latest news Minimum wage increase, The Fair Work Commission’s Minimum Wage Panel recently decided to increase the national minimum wage including all modern award rates by 3.5% effective 1 July 2018 based on the “economic indicators now pointing more unequivocally to a healthy national economy and labour market ”. Moving forward, employers need to ensure that any applicable ...

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HR Toolbox Edition 13 - 2018

Latest news Launch of Online Unfair Dismissals Benchbook, The Fair Work Commission has launched an interactive online version of the unfair dismissal benchbook on 24 April 2018. This is a helpful resource for businesses as it explains key principles of unfair dismissal case law in plain English and case summaries applying relevant principles. To review the benchbook, click here. Family ...

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HR Toolbox Edition 12 - 2018

Latest news Single Touch Payroll, The ATO will introduce the Single Touch Payroll (STP) Reporting system on 1 July 2018 for employers with over 20 employees and 1 July 2019 for employers with 19 or less employees. The objective of STP is to provide payroll data including superannuation, in “real time” across government platforms including the Departments of Human Services, Immigration and ASIC concurrently with the employer’s usual pay run....

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HR Toolbox Edition 11 - 2018

Latest news The Fair Work Commission has approved the amalgamation of the CFMEU, MUA and TCFUA which will take effect from 27 March 2018. An appeal to this decision has already been lodged by two employer groups. To read the full decision, click here., The McGowan Government has approved the drafting of a modernised workers' compensation statute. In a media statement released 15 February 2018, ...

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