Minimum Wage Increase

Increases to Minimum Wages apply from today

Increase to Minimum Wages from July 1, 2020. The Fair Work Commission has announced an increase of 1.75%  to the National Minimum Wage. This increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after today, 1 July 2020. In addition, base rates are also increasing for Employees who are paid in accordance with other

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COVIDSafe App and Employment

Employers cannot force employees to install the COVIDSafe app.  The Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Act 2020 protects employees and makes it an offence to treat an employee adversely for reasons related to their use or refusal to use the COVIDSafe app. Breaches by employers could result in fines of up to $63,000 and five years goal

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Landmark Case: Casuals Paid Leave Ruling

In a significant ruling of the Federal Court this week (Wed 20  May) the court found that an employee Mr Rossato who was employed under several written casual contracts by a labour-hire company,  Workpac was entitled to claim payments for annual leave, personal leave and compassionate leave. The court found that Mr Rossato was not a casual

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New Annualised Salary Rules

New rules around annual salaries came into effect for many industries and occupations on 1 March 2020. It now means that some employers who could not previously employ staff on an annual salary may be able to now.  Under these changes, certain conditions must be met including that the employee remains better off under the salary arrangement than they

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Is your disability impacting your work?

  The Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates that in 2012, 8.8% of the total Australian workforce population had a disability and were in paid employment. Disability in the workplace is common, but what happens when you are told you can’t perform your job because of your disability? In Australia, discrimination in the workplace is regulated

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Protecting your business from your employees

Employees can be both an essential asset of your business and its biggest risk. When employees have contact with your clients or have access to your business processes, know-how and trade secrets, it is essential that you protect your business against employees taking that information with them when they leave, or disclosing it if they

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