28/10/2010HR Infrastructure, Leave

The introduction of Australia’s first statutory paid parental leave (PPL) scheme for the private sector begins on 1 January 2011, with eligible parents now able to lodge claims with the Family Assistance Office (FAO) for PPL instalments for children to be born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011.

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02/06/2010Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

Enterprise agreements under the Fair Work Act? Our question to you would be, "Why would you want to do one?". The cost and aggravation might significantly outweigh the benefits, particularly as uncertainty under the system has grown significantly.

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01/04/2010Employee Issues

We answer a client query about what is included and excluded in determining whether a high-income executive who is not otherwise covered by an award or an enterprise agreement is able to take an unfair dismissal action.

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01/04/2010Legislation, Awards

Fair Work Australia recently issues a decision regarding salary exemption clauses that makes us feel a lot more confident about use of salary exemption clauses.

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01/04/2010HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Legislation

We often get asked by clients about whether individuals can be engaged as contractors. Its a very complex area, with different tests applied by different agencies and for different purposes. The ATO has a decision tool which will help you meet Tax and Superannuation obligations.

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16/12/2009Awards, Employee Issues

We think employers will still be able to make over-award payments to employees to compensate them for various award entitlements, such as weekend penalty rates, despite the presence of model flexibility clauses in modern awards. But you should take extra steps to keep them safe...

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16/12/2009Employee Issues

From 1 January 2010, all employers covered by the national workplace relations system have an obligation to give each new employee a Fair Work Information Statement before, or as soon as possible after, the employee starts employment.

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29/07/2009Employee Issues

We have created a handy summary document setting out union rights of entry under the Fair Work Act.

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23/07/2009Employee Issues

Employers will need to make sure they dismiss employees in writing from 1/1/10.

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06/07/2009Employee Issues, Leave, Legislation

Common sense appears to have prevailed with one aspect of Fair Work protections for sick and injured staff members.

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01/07/2009Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

ER Strategies Director Steve Champion sees the new good faith bargaining requirements as being one of the more important changes introduced by the Fair Work Act , and one that is likely to be seen as a turning point in the Australian Industrial Relations system in years to come.

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18/05/2009Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

Union rights to enter employer premises have been strengthened under the Fair Work Act. If Right of Entry is an issue for you, read on.

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12/03/2009Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

If you are about to embark on some important enterprise bargaining negotiations and don't know where to start, or alternatively want to think about how you can do it better, you should find our Enterprise Bargaining flowchart of great benefit

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04/02/2009Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues

A client has raised an interesting situation involving people speaking in a language other than English in the workplace. Whose rights do we trample? Join our forum on the topic.

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27/06/2007Employee Issues, Leave, Workplace Stress

In our professional experience, it doesn't really matter what Government or legislation is in place - some employees will simply do whatever it takes to get back at you.The solution?To lower your risk of it happening to you, apply some basic fairness in everything you do.

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