03/08/2016Leave, Awards

A recent Full Bench annual leave decision has resulted in numerous awards being updated with new or changed terms in relation to various aspects of paid annual leave, such as cashing out excess leave or directing staff to take excess leave. The changes take effect from the first pay period on or...

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15/04/2016Leave, Employee Issues, Legislation, Awards

Shut Down Employers may need to temporarily close down their businesses for a range of different reasons, this is considered a shut down. Shut downs may occur because of refurbishments or during slow periods of the year, such as Christmas and New Year. For example, an employer may need to shut down...

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01/02/2016Leave, Employee Issues

A client of ours recently asked what course of action they can take if their employee is absent and uncontactable for an extended period of time, without providing the employer with reasons. Here’s our a nswer: "Abandonment of employment" is a common law concept refers to a situation where an...

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25/01/2016Leave, Employee Issues

It was reported (source:The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) that 180,000 Australians were estimated to have called in sick for work on the recent Australia Day public holiday. While employees taking sick leave is a natural and necessary occurrence, it starts to become problematic when...

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15/01/2016Leave, HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

Answer: The short answer is yes. As the law currently stands, Section 107 Notice and Evidence Requirements of the Fair Work Act 2009 indicates employees must, if required by the employer, give the employer evidence that would satisfy the leave is taken for a permissible reason/occasion. Modern...

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08/07/2015Leave, HR Infrastructure, Awards

The Fair Work Commission handed down its decision on the 11th June 2015 regarding aspects of annual leave that will affect all Modern Awards. The decision facilitates the introduction of new flexibilities for employers. When will the changes take effect? IMPORTANT - these changes have yet to be...

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14/04/2015Workplace Stress, Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, Workers Compensation, Wage Rates, Franchising, Superannuation, Leave, HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Legislation, Narcissism at Work, Safety, Performance Management, ER Essentials Archive, Awards

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21/10/2013Leave, Employee Issues

We have been receiving various telephone enquiries about employee requests for leave during the current NSW fire emergency. We will add some different Questions and the Answers we have been providing regarding these enquiries as a handy source of information.

02/10/2013Leave, Employee Issues

The right for employees to request flexible work arrangements has been extended under the Fair Work Act 2009, operative from 1 July 2013. The changes further enhance family friendly protections and rights for workers.

13/11/2012Leave, Legislation

Recent changes to unpaid parental leave under the NES (from 1 October 2012) include:

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