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...

19/06/2017Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Building and Construction General Onsite Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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19/06/2017Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Business Equipment Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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19/06/2017Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Registered and Licensed Clubs Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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19/06/2017Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Fast Food Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Clerks - Private Sector Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the General Retail Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Restaurant Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Security Services Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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07/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

Annual Wage Review Decision Yesterday, 6 June, 2017, the Fair Work Commission's Annual Wage Review panel handed down its decision on the annual minimum wage increase. The minimum wage is to be increased by 3.3% and will take effect on the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2017. The FWC...

07/06/2017

Penalty Rate Decision on Transitions In addition to the minimum wage increase, the previously announced transition to reduced penalty rates will also commence from 1 July 2017. Below is the overview of the changes in penalty rates for the major awards affecting clients (contact us for information...

20/05/2017Franchising, Legislation

In the same week that the Federal Budget was released, so was the report of the Senate Inquiry into the proposed new Vulnerable Worker laws, aimed at stopping underpayments in the franchise sector. Things have progressed further, with the Bill having its second reading in the Lower House. Key...

11/04/2017Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

The Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, has been very 'vocal' in recent months, making speeches and issuing press releases about the FWO's approach to prosecuting "accessories" to breaches of employment laws. The obvious approach the FWO is taking is to maximise its limited prosecutions budget, by...

27/03/2017Wage Rates, Awards

The Fair Work Commission hasdecided to delay changes to late night/early morning penalties under the Fast Food Award until 1 July 2017 . Previously, the changes were to have occurred from 27 March. This decision was made after it considered various submissions from various parties including unions...

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