During the recent Queensland flood and cyclone emergencies, most Australians - employers included - were quick to offer support to the community and staff. This article provides an update on additional means employers can support their staff, as well as outline their obligations according to legislation.
The abundance and popularity of social networking continues to raise important new questions as to employer rights regarding employee conduct both within and external to the workplace, highlighting the need to ensure you have clear policy on the acceptable use of social media tools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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.