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...

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...

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...

11/05/2017Franchising, Legislation

The Federal Government announced on the 18th April 2017 that the Subclass 457 visa program (Temporary Work visas) will be abolished. The new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa will replace the Subclass 457 visa program in March 2018. The new TSS Visas will have two streams, a “short term” two...

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...

14/03/2017Franchising, Legislation

Amongst a raft of changes proposed under the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 currently before Federal Parliament, the planned legislation will introduce laws making franchisors and holding companies responsible for underpayments by their franchisees or subsidiaries,...

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02/03/2017Franchising, Legislation

Penalty Increases & Franchisor Responsibilities Coming Following on from our previous article “ New Laws Protecting Vulnerable Workers Now Imminent ”, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 was introduced into federal parliament on the 1st March. The purpose of this...

13/02/2017Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

New Laws Protecting Vulnerable Workers Now Imminent With the recent extensive media coverage of franchisees across a range of brands underpaying their employees, it is now evident that the Federal Government is moving ahead in the current session of Parliament to protect vulnerable employees, by...

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