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New Fair Work Information Statement

Posted by Andrew Schoenfeld on

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?

Posted by Andrew Schoenfeld on

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

Posted by Andrew Schoenfeld on

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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Shutting down over Christmas/New Year

Posted by Andrew Schoenfeld on

Are you shutting down over Christmas/New Year? Employees need to be given up to 2 months’ notice in some industries. Is your workplace ready? Check our info on shut down rules and directing employees to take leave. An employee can be directed to take annual leave during a shut down if their award or registered agreement allows it. Most awards have rules about how and when an employer can direct an employee to take leave. For example, an employer may need to give the employee a set amount of notice (eg. 4 weeks) that they will need to take annual...

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Important New Employment Laws

Posted by Andrew Schoenfeld on

Good Morning all, As we are receiving numerous requests from our clients of the new employment laws relating to: Casual employees right to convert to permanent Casuals deemed worker through continuous service Long service leave changes in Victoria Long Service Leave for casual and seasonal employees What information has to be on a pay slip We have sought clear advice from a leading Barrister to inform and educate our clients on what the law says about statutory entitlements. This is a lengthy email, yes, “War and Peace”, but if you want to ensure your are applying the legal requirements when...

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