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The 6 major changes in employee awards and legislation this new year

Andrew Schoenfeld

Good Morning, We will be in contact with you to discuss the major changes in employee awards and legislation to ensure your compliance. At this stage the proposed changes are still in draft form, once passed, we will work with you to achieve compliance. In the interim, the following is what you can expect to occur this year. Please note the new provisions relating to Salary Sacrifice which came into effect as of January 1st, 2020. Legislation and individual awards around employee entitlements change regularly. Organisations are required to comply with Federal, State-based, and award-based legislation together, making it one...

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New Fair Work obligations coming next year. Are you ready?

Andrew Schoenfeld

New Fair Work obligations coming next year. Are you ready? Employers that pay an annual salary to their employees covered by an applicable Modern Award will soon be subject to a number of new notification, record keeping and wage reconciliation obligations. These new Fair Work obligations are aimed at ensuring employees aren’t being disadvantaged by annualised arrangements. The new clauses will only be inserted into Modern Awards which already contain an annualised salary clause. Modern Awards affected may be small in number but include Awards covering significant numbers of employees, including, for example, the: Horticulture Award 2010 Pastoral Award 2010...

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New Fair Work Information Statement

Andrew Schoenfeld

This brief update contains the following information: Fair Work Information Statement Public holiday pay Annual leave loading Leave doesn't expire Asking staff to work public holidays Fair Work Information Statement Fair Work recently updated the Fair Work Information Statement. Employers have to give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (the Statement) before, or as soon as possible after, they start their new job. The Statement provides new employees with information about their conditions of employment. The Statement has information on: the National Employment Standards right to request flexible working arrangements modern awards making agreements under...

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What can you do to keep your workers safe during the festive season?

Andrew Schoenfeld

As the festive season is fast approaching, making sure all your workers stay safe is the most important thing employers should focus on. This is an opportune time to reflect on the roles and responsibilities of your managers, supervisors and employees to ensure your workplace and your staff stay safe over this period. With the increase in trading activity and extended trading hours at this time of the year, safety can be overlooked. As a result, shortcuts are taken and usual protocols dismissed leading to a greater chance of injury. Over the past decade 22% of all workplace fatalities have...

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Employers get ready for Modern Award changes in 2020

Andrew Schoenfeld

In brief - Employers will need to update employment contracts and HR practices by 1 March 2020 to comply with new modern award changes Following a decision of the Full Bench, the Fair Work Commission has finalised arrangements for new annualised salary clauses to be inserted into a number of modern awards with effect from 1 March 2020. These changes introduce important new practices for HR and payroll aimed at reducing "wage theft" and non-compliance with awards. What do employers need to do? Review employment contracts and update HR and payroll practices to comply with the new obligations to audit annual salaries, record...

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