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...

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...

David Price, ER Strategies' GM
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...

David Price, ER Strategies' GM
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...

16/11/2016Franchising, Legislation

We have in recent weeks seen two significant developments that demonstrate the FWO’s success in lifting the bar on both franchisor and managerial responsibilities in taking steps to ensure franchisee payroll compliance. The Yogurberry Decision: National Audit & Payment Rectification The...

10/10/2016Franchising, Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues, Legislation

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash recently launched the new Migrant Worker Taskforce , saying that the taskforce would bolster the Government's efforts to crack down on employers seeking to take advantage of migrant workers and deliver on its pre-election commitment to better protections for all...

25/08/2016Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

As the politicians return to Canberra for the opening of the 45th Parliament of Australia, we will see how the government intends to pursue its changes to the Fair Work Act (FWA) to protect vulnerable workers. The new Senate comprises 30 Coalition, 26 Labour and 20 cross-bench senators, 9 of those...

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18/08/2016Wage Rates, Franchising, Legislation

The Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, has provided a clear warning to HR Managers that their role as Advisors on workplace relations laws sees them with potential Accessorial Liability should their employer or associated businesses be found to be in contravention of workplace legislation. When...

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