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ALERT: 31 Awards extensively varied to commence 4 February 2020

Modern awards will be extensively varied in 2020 as the 4-yearly review of awards starts to come to an end. The Fair Work Commission has released the first group of 31 varied awards which will come into effect on 4 February 2020. The changes made include various award specific variations as well as restructuring, technical…

ALERT: Important Upcoming Changes

In this alert we touch on some of the important upcoming changes that you need to be aware of in relation to: Annualised Salaries in Awards Mandatory Whistleblower Policies due 1 January 2020 Award changes Annualised Salaries in Awards – changes coming The Fair Work Commission recently decided that changes will be made to the…

EMPLOYMENT UPDATE: Are You Complying with the New Whistleblower Laws?

The revamped federal whistleblower laws commenced on 1 July 2019 and they have some teeth. A whistleblower is an insider or a person related to an organisation who reports misconduct or other inappropriate activity that has occurred within the organisation.  Certain legal protections are provided to whistleblowers and the recent changes have significantly expanded and strengthened the…

EMPLOYMENT UPDATE: Why Contracts and Policies are Essential

The importance of having well-written employment contracts and workplace policies cannot be underestimated as they can set a very clear framework in which the relationship between the parties will be regulated.  They also provide significant assistance when resolving workplace disputes. Why have employment contracts? Failure to enter into a written contract of employment with employees…

ALERT: What does a Re-elected Coalition Government mean for Employers?

The Federal Election has come and gone with a surprise win for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition.  In this alert we look at what a re-elected Coalition will mean for employers. CRACK DOWN ON UNDERPAYING EMPLOYEES ‘Wage theft’ is a hot topic and a big focus for the Government and the Fair Work…

ALERT: Changes to modern awards – commenced 1 November 2018

As part of its 4-yearly review, the Fair Work Commission has made changes to a number of modern awards.  The changes are in relation to payment of wages on termination of employment as well as plain language re-drafting of several standard clauses. The changes take effect from the start of the first full pay period…

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