Disgruntled dismissed employees are increasingly lodging General Protections (GP) applications instead of Unfair Dismissal actions. Unlike unfair dismissal claims, GP actions don’t require employees to meet a number of required hurdles before they can be lodged. GP actions don’t even necessarily require termination of employment, only ‘less favourable treatment’ by the employer towards the employee, prospective employee or even a contractor
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A common question that we receive at ER Strategies is whether superannuation contributions need to apply to annual leave loading payments. Annual leave loading was originally introduced into awards in the 1970s on the basis that it compensated employees for the lost opportunity to work overtime when they were on annual leave and thereby earn extra income.
A series of polls have indicated the Shorten-led Opposition will win the May 2019 federal election. Here’s our review of Labor’s vision on reforming the Australian industrial relations system, as announced so far, which promises major changes of importance to all employers and the franchise sector in particular.
The expanded coverage of the legislation is - at least in part - a response to the release of the findings of the Hayne Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Finance sector. However, the new laws will impose significant new obligations on a much wider range of businesses than previously covered.
Everyone wants to work in a positive work environment, it boosts productivity and makes the job of retaining talent that much easier. But there are times when difficult staff members can make it hard for those around them to fulfil their potential. At moments like these, it is important to act quickly so that the workplace morale you have worked hard to create doesn't suffer.
In what appears to be a disappointing - and unexpected - decision for Fast Food sector employers, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently rejected an application to insert more flexible part-time provisions into the Fast Food award.
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.
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