19/06/2017Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Registered and Licensed Clubs Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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19/06/2017Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Fast Food Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Clerks - Private Sector Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the General Retail Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Restaurant Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Security Services Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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13/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2017.

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07/06/2017Wage Rates, Awards

Annual Wage Review Decision Yesterday, 6 June, 2017, the Fair Work Commission's Annual Wage Review panel handed down its decision on the annual minimum wage increase. The minimum wage is to be increased by 3.3% and will take effect on the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2017. The FWC...

07/06/2017

Penalty Rate Decision on Transitions In addition to the minimum wage increase, the previously announced transition to reduced penalty rates will also commence from 1 July 2017. Below is the overview of the changes in penalty rates for the major awards affecting clients (contact us for information...

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...

11/04/2017Franchising, 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...

27/03/2017Wage Rates, Awards

The Fair Work Commission hasdecided to delay changes to late night/early morning penalties under the Fast Food Award until 1 July 2017 . Previously, the changes were to have occurred from 27 March. This decision was made after it considered various submissions from various parties including unions...

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...

24/02/2017Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, Wage Rates, Awards

The long-awaited decision from the Fair Work Commission 's (FWC) Penalty Rates Review of the Fast Food Industry Award , Restaurant Industry Award , and General Retail Industry Award , has finally been handed down. A summary of the decision is also available. 1. Sunday, Public Holiday Penalties The...

15/02/2017Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

FWC Dissent over BOOT Application Deepens Uncertainty surrounding the approval process of enterprise agreements continues to deepen, with the surprise resignation of Fair Work Commission Vice President Graeme Watson in recent weeks highlighting the tension within the Commission (FWC) itself. Recent...

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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...

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