05/09/2014Superannuation, Legislation

Earlier this year the Coalition and Palmer United Party made a deal which keeps employer guaranteed superannuation payments at their current rates until 2018. Year Superannuation Increase 2013-2014 9.25% 2014-2015 9.5% 2015-2016 9.5% 2016-2017 9.5% 2017-2018 9.5% 2018-2019 10% 2019-2020 10.5% 2020-...

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06/06/2014Employee Issues, Legislation

Question - My architect asked me about disability access into my store and the toilets. Toilets are important because of the Disability Discrimination act. I cannot hire someone with a disability without access to toilets for disabled people. Is this an issue?

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13/05/2014Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

Question - what is the protocol when advertising for positions when it comes to specifying the type of visa the candidates hold? Obviously, we can specify that they must have the rights to work in Australia to apply, but what about if we would like to specify that they must hold a 'long term'; visa? Effectively, the only group we would like to deter from applying are those on Working Holiday visas, which allows them to work for 6 months only.

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08/04/2014Franchising, Leave, Legislation

What are an employer's rights to require an employee to work on a public holiday? What are the employee's rights not to work? We consider the requirements under the Fair Work Act.

21/03/2014Superannuation, Legislation

From 01/07/14 employers with greater than 20 employees must make superannuation contributions to a super fund electronically

27/02/2014HR Infrastructure, Discrimination/EEO, Legislation

On the 1st of April 2013 the Australian government introduced compulsory reporting requirements for employers as a result of amended gender equality legislation.

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14/02/2014HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Legislation

We recently had a client pose the question “Can we monitor an employee’s emails and what are the privacy concerns?” In researching the answer we came to the conclusion that the law is very confusing, with no one committing absolutely clearly what an employer’s obligations are. However, we offer a practical solution to the issue.

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29/01/2014Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

We recently answered a client employer's query regarding calculation of service for redundancy entitlements under the Fair Work Act. Is a former casual employee's service as a casual included? The answer we found actually seemed to us to be an odd outcome.

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13/12/2013Legislation

There are numerous changes to the Fair Work Act - introduced by the previous Labor Government - which are about to commence operation from 1 Jan 2014.

10/12/2012HR Infrastructure, Discrimination/EEO, Legislation

New legislation governing equality is now in place – the “Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012”, managed by a new agency – the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

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