11/04/2018Wage Rates

Background – Major Impactors on Wages Growth The Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe, in a revealing speech to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics into the Reserve Bank’s 2017 Annual Report , testified as to some of the reasons behind subdued wage increases, including, “…the...

10/04/2018Legislation

The Fair Work Commission has recently handed down its decision to introduce 5 days unpaid domestic violence leave in to modern awards. The provisions are to be inserted into almost all of the modernised awards, with two Road Transport awards, and the Australian Government Industry Award, exempted...

14/03/2018Awards

Our friends at the National Retail Association (NRA) recently commenced an article series about modern award coverage. Part 1 took you through how to help work out which modern awards apply in your business, and Part 2 helps businesses in the Food Services Sector understand the questions that need...

14/03/2018Awards

Our friends at the National Retail Association (NRA) recently commenced an article series about modern award coverage. Part 1 took you through how to help work out which modern awards apply in your business, and Part 2 helped businesses in the Food Services Sector understand the questions that need...

09/03/2018Franchising, Employee Issues, Awards

FWO Frustrated Recent press commentary from the FWO regarding the results of a compliance activity program it carried out on a number of Caltex fuel outlets, has shown the FWO's frustration in getting assistance from franchisor Caltex to redress the problem. Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said...

12/02/2018

Single Touch Payroll is a reporting change for employers. Single Touch Payroll reporting means that employers will report payments such as salaries and wages, Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) withholding and super information to the ATO directly from their payroll solution, at the same time they pay their...

12/02/2018ER Essentials Archive

Understanding which awards apply to your business is potentially the most important employee relations issue that business owners should aim to get right. However, with over 122 modern awards spanning a multitude of industries, working out which award applies to you can be a daunting task. Our...

09/01/2018Wage Rates, Awards

Our recent article described major changes recently commenced to the Restaurant Industry Award. The changes are complex and will take some time for employers in the Restaurant Industry to fully absorb and get used to. We have been fielding questions from various clients regarding how the new...

13/12/2017Awards

In July 2017, the Fair Work Commission determined that the Restaurant Industry Award (RIA) would be varied to – change the part-time employees hours clause to provide for a minimum of 8 ordinary hours to be rostered each week, with the ability to roster the employee for additional hours up to less...

13/12/2017Awards

In July 2017, the Fair Work Commission determined that the Fast Food Industry Award (FFIA) would be varied to extend overtime loadings to casual employees, not only just for permanent employees. Prior to this, it was probable that casuals were not entitled to work overtime under the FFIA. Recently...

13/12/2017Franchising, Legislation

Major Changes The new Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 introduced some major changes that affect all employers, not just the franchise sector where underpayment scandals led to the new legislation. The changes include significantly increased penalties for employers, a...

08/12/2017Leave, Legislation, Awards

Below is the memo we have provided to Yum for KFC Equity stores. 2017/2018 Christmas and New Year Period - NSW, QLD, TAS, WA, ACT, VIC a. For 'non-award' employees (ARMs & RGMs - note managers are still subject to the Fast Food Award in most cases). Public Holidays are: Christmas Day Mon 25th...

08/12/2017Leave, Legislation, Awards

Below is the memo we have provided to Yum for KFC Equity stores. 2017/2018 Christmas and New Year Period - South Australia / Northern Territory a. For 'non-award' employees (ARM & RGM & ARMs & RGMs - note managers are still subject to the Fast Food Award in most cases) Public Holidays...

08/11/2017Wage Rates, Legislation, Awards

Our Answer - whilst in some situations engaging employees on a commission-only basis can be achieved practically, the main issue is that the employee can never receive less than their legislated minimum entitlements, including entitlements to minimum hourly rates. Commission-only employee gets $28,...

11/10/2017Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

As well as attending the FCA Franchisor convention over the last few days, ER Strategies Director Steve Champion also had the honour of hosting a roundtable discussion around how to respond to the new laws , including how payroll audits can be a part of the reasonable steps franchisors need to take...

01/09/2017Franchising, Legislation

New laws pass Senate Academic says small franchises to be hit How can a small business comply? New Vulnerable Worker Laws Pass Senate We reported recently that the proposed tough new Vulnerable Worker laws were to be debated on 8 August in Federal Parliament. You might be wondering what has...

07/08/2017Franchising

Vulnerable Worker laws back in Parliament this week The proposed new legislation was to be debated in the Senate last night, Tuesday, 8 August (we are still trying to determine whether the debate proceeded as planned). Our view is that the mainstream of Franchisors are going to have to take...

12/07/2017Awards

In a recent long and complex decision (368 pages) as part of its 4-yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission will make a number of significant changes to Casual and Part-time employment provisions in a number of awards with particular application to many of our clients' businesses...

11/07/2017

We Are Expanding ER Strategies has for many years enjoyed a strong client base, driven by steady organic growth over our 18 years of existence, particularly in franchising, but also across an assortment of industries including financial services, manufacturing, retail, construction and bio-pharma...

30/06/2017Wage Rates, Employee Issues, Legislation, Awards

The 2017 salary cap figure under the Fair Work Regulations for unfair dissmissal is now $142,000 for fulltime employees. This was previously $138,900. For part time employees, the salary cap figure is calculated on a pro rata basis. To calculate whether an employee is under the the high income...

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