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,...

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...

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...

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...

15/03/2017Employee Issues, Legislation

Many Franchise businesses would have seen press reports regarding the end of the s.457 Fast food industry labour agreement and would have wondered what it meant for their business. Impact of Decision Limited The termination of the above agreement, which is a special immigration agreement and is...

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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...

10/01/2017Wage Rates, Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

The FWO’s successful prosecution of the Yogurberry franchise has raised many questions on how franchisors can protect themselves from “ accessorial liability ” – being an accessory for payroll contraventions of the Fair Work Act. Background Our recent article about the FWO “lifting the bar” on both...

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