Changes to Parental Leave

Changes to Parental Leave

July 18, 2023 Compliance

Unpaid Parental leave in the Fair Work Act has undergone significant changes as of 1 July 2023 and the Paid Parental Leave Scheme administered by Services Australia has also been changed. Unpaid Parental Leave The major changes in the Fair Work Act include: Provisions relating to ‘employee couples’ have been removed allowing both parents to […]

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The Fair Work Commission handed down its annual wage review decision on Friday 2 June 2023.   

June 8, 2023 Compliance, Remuneration

Minimum Wage Increase From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2023, the National Minimum Wage will be adjusted. The new minimum wage will be $23.23 per hour, up from $21.38 per hour, an increase of 8.65%. Modern Award Increase In addition to the National Minimum Wage increase, Modern Awards will also […]

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Changes to Flexible Working Arrangement Requests

May 18, 2023 Compliance

Grounds to request flexible working arrangements Reqeusts for flexible working arrangements may include changes in work hours, patterns of work and location of work. Requests can be made by an employee who has worked for the employer for at least 12 months, and: is the parent, or has responsibility for the care, of a child […]

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Managing Redundancies

March 15, 2023 Compliance, Uncategorized

As businesses adapt to changing market conditions and evolving customer needs, some organisations may need to consider restructuring their operations. This can lead to the difficult decision to make an employee redundant. While redundancy can be a challenging and complex process, it can also be necessary to ensure the long-term viability of a business. A […]

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Family & Domestic Violence Leave

December 15, 2022 Compliance

An amendment to the Fair Work Act 2009 was passed by Parliament on 27 October 2022 and received Royal Assent on 9 November 2022 to replace the current Family and Domestic Violence Leave entitlement of 5 days of unpaid leave in the National Employment Standards.  New Entitlement All employees in the Fair Work system (including part-time […]

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IR Reform

November 4, 2022 Compliance, Uncategorized

The Federal Government has introduced into Parliament landmark IR reforms that will have an impact on all workplaces across Australia, as part of its Secure Jobs and Better Pay Bill 2022.  It is likely that the Government will try to finalise and pass the reforms before the end of the year. In summary, the reforms […]

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Top 3 Things To Know About The Recent Casual Employment Changes

May 12, 2021 Compliance

Is your business across the new casual employment changes that were introduced in March 2021? If not, we’ve summarised some of the main points for you below. The Act now includes a definition of a ‘casual employee’: an offer of employment where the employer makes no ‘firm advance commitment’ to continuing and indefinite work according […]

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Sex in the Office

April 8, 2016 Compliance

Context: “Two of our Managers were found having sex in the bathroom – what should we do?” First and foremost – an awkward situation if there ever was one! The Issue: It’s tempting for many Senior Managers to avoid the issue of sex in the workplace due to the uncomfortable nature of the topic, and […]

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Modern Awards: Dont Risk a Fine!

“Employees who sign a contract aren’t covered by an award, are they?” Context: It’s a common misconception that the Modern Awards do not apply to their staff because they are paid an agreed salary. The Issue: The truth of the matter is that almost all employees are covered by Modern Awards, even if they weren’t […]

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Terminating an Employee

Why does it take so long to terminate an employee? Well basically, the reason for this is that one of the highest areas of risk for any business when terminating employment is the risk that the employee will claim Unfair Dismissal. For that reason, performance management can be a lengthy process – after all, there […]

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