Employment Practice Audits: A necessary compliance tool

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash recently launched the new Migrant Worker Taskforce, saying that the taskforce would bolster the Government’s efforts to crack down on employers seeking to take advantage of migrant workers and deliver on its pre-election commitment to better protections for all workers.

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Changes to the WGEA 2015/2016 Reporting Requirements

Reports for the 2015/16 reporting period under the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) legislation are due between 1 April 2016 and 31 May 2016. For the 2015/2016 reporting period, several changes have been made to the reporting requirements. The changes to the reports due in 2016 affect the workplace profile and the reporting questionnaire.

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Employer Obligations: Police Checks

The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) applies to all employers and employees as well as prospective employees – permanent or casual. The Act includes discrimination on the basis of a ‘criminal record’ where an employee is dismissed from employment or denied certain opportunities due to a criminal record. Further, a job applicant may be discriminated against through being denied the job because of their criminal record.

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General Protections Claims rather than Unfair Dismissal Actions?

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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Wage Schedules 2019

The 2019 Annual Wage increase decision is here

This year’s annual wage review resulted in the increase of 3%. The national minimum wage will increase from $719.20 per week or $18.93 an hour to $740.80 per week or $19.49 an hour. Our consultants explain the reasons behind the decision, what that means for your business and when the increase will come into effect. Our updated wage schedules are now available for download to reflect the increase.
Dealing with Sickies

What to do about suspicious medical certificates?

The employee must provide evidence to the employer that they were genuinely entitled to sick leave. Generally, a medical certificate is a legal document that should satisfy the employer of an employee’s inability to work. This doesn’t mean that an employer can't question the validity of the medical certificate.
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Take an interest in excess sick leave

Staff who regularly take sick days without repercussions are likely to continue doing so - this will have a negative impact on other workers who may soon start to follow suit, or feel aggrieved because they are at work doing the right thing. There are several theories on best practice when it comes to dealing with absenteeism, but the key is for employers to show an interest.
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