06/11/2015Employee Issues, Performance Management

Insight Report on unfair dismissals that unearths the reasons behind the reasons that employers settle unfair dismissal claims and the implications for their businesses was released by ER Strategies.

10/03/2015Workplace Stress, Franchising, HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

Disgruntled dismissed employees are increasingly lodging General Protections (GP) applications instead of Unfair Dismissal actions. General Protections were introduced in July 2009 under the Fair Work Act to protect employees rights including the right to engage in industrial activity, to be free...

15/10/2018Employee Issues

A landmark Court decision affecting all businesses generally, and important award changes which will affect the retail industry specifically, are changing the landscape in relation to the employment of casuals. We give our views on what all this means. Simplified – Retail award penalties for...

11/09/2018Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

Key Points - In a recent press-release, the FWO has re-emphasised franchisor’s obligations to avoid liability for breaches by their franchisees under new laws introduced in 2017 Australian workplace laws are complicated, but once you are in the FWO’s sights, it can be hard to avoid publicity for...

11/09/2018Employee Issues

A recent decision by the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia [WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131] concerning the concept of ‘casual’ employment, has caused an uproar in the business community, as it seemingly had the effect of awarding an employee receiving a casual loading, an...

11/07/2018Leave, Employee Issues, Legislation, Awards

The FWC is awaiting any further comments from groups before it enacts it into all Modern Awards, to take effect on 1 August 2018. You can read an earlier article relating to the introduction of a Domestic Violence Leave into modern awards here . The key provisions of the model terms outlined by the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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