Easter Sunday Change in Northern Territory

A legislative change in mid-March 2022 has seen employees in the Northern Territory gain an additional public holiday over the Easter long weekend. However, this change is temporary and only applies for the Easter long weekend in 2022.

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Easter Sunday Public Holiday Change in Western Australia

A legislative change in late December 2021 has seen employees in Western Australia officially gain an additional public holiday over the Easter long weekend, commencing this year.  Prior to this change, only Good Friday and Easter Monday were gazetted Public Holidays for employees in WA, with Easter Sunday not recognised as a public holiday and treated as a normal day for employers and employees. However, on 16 December 2021, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was passed by State Parliament, making Easter Sunday a gazetted public holiday permanently into the future.

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ERS Insights: Returning to Work (Video)

As COVID-19 restrictions gradually lift across Australia, employees will be returning to work, or in some states, they may have already returned. It is important that employers therefore have a plan in place for their employees to return to work and how they will manage the COVID risk when they are back.

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Why you need to protect you business from General Protections claims

General Protections laws are intended to protect basic workplace rights, including freedom of association and shielding workers from workplace discrimination in accordance with international labour conventions. Under these laws, it is unlawful to take adverse action against a person because of a proscribed reason. Additionally, General Protections laws provide effective relief for persons who have suffered adverse actions, such as being discriminated against, victimised, or have experienced other forms of unfair treatment.

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Casual Conversion: What happens after offers are made?

Last month, we published a reminder that the deadline for assessing casual employees’ eligibility for conversion to permanent employment and making an offer (or ‘non-offer’) was fast approaching. All employers of casual employees (other than ‘small business employers’) were required to complete a number of actions prior to the 27th of September 2021 deadline, including assessing and notifying casual staff about whether they are eligible for casual conversion under the Fair Work Act 2009.  

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Changes to NSW Health Orders for NSW Authorised Workers

Note: This article has been update to reflect recent changes to the Health Orders put forward by the NSW Government. Please review this new information in line with your current practices to ensure you are complying with the updated government advice. Current as at 31/08/2021. 

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Stapled Super Reforms

  • Your Super obligations will change when hiring new employees
  • ‘Super Stapling’ requires employers to use an employee’s existing fund, where an employee does not nominate one on their super choice form.
  • New obligations are just around the corner – 1 November 2021

It has been a busy year for superannuation reform in Australia. With the recent uplift in Super Guarantee contributions from 9.5% to 10% taking effect on 1 July this year, yet another change impacting how your business manages super with new employees is on the horizon.

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COVID-19: Workplace update and resources

As many of you know, the ER Strategies office and our team are located in Sydney, NSW. Even though we are subject to the stay-at-home orders, we are still available to assist you with all things ‘employee relations’ during this time. We have a skeleton crew in the office answering calls as well as directing some of them to team members working from home.

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The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Unfair Dismissal

As Australian employment law develops, it becomes harder for employers to keep up with it. Employees are becoming more aware of their workplace rights too. Therefore, employers must ensure that they understand their obligations when it comes to dismissing employees, reducing the risk of an unfair dismissal or other claim, such as a General Protections claim.

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ER Strategies’ Interactive Guide to the Federal Government’s Casual Reforms Legislation is now available!

In late March, the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (Amendment Act) passed both Houses of Federal Parliament, which amended the Fair Work Act 2009 to include reforms to workplace rights and obligations for casual employees.  The legislation has received Royal Assent and is therefore now in operation, with some transitional arrangements.

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JobKeeper and Award Flexibilities To Finish

This month (March 2021) marks a full year since the Federal Government announced the JobKeeper scheme, providing unprecedented financial support to many employers and employees across Australia. Unfortunately, this month also signals the end of the scheme, along with the Fair Work Act flexibilities extended to eligible ‘Qualifying’ employers and ‘Legacy’ employers as part of the program.  

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Common Causes of Payroll Errors

Due to huge media attention over the past 1-2 years, you will be aware of the variety of large-scale employers underpaying their staff. Woolworths, Coles, Bunnings, respected universities, and IBM have all been guilty of it and faced the consequences. 

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$4.5billion JobMaker Scheme Explained

ER Strategies CEO Steve Champion recently recorded a 25 minute video explaining the new JobMaker program, a central plank in the Federal Government’s attempts to revitalise the Australian economy after the COVID shutdown.

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Show Day Public Holiday Change in Queensland

The Queensland Show Day Public Holiday has been moved this year to help the Queensland tourism industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditionally mid-week holiday has been moved from Wednesday 12 August 2020 to Friday 14 August to create a long weekend for Queenslanders, in the hope that Queenslanders will be incentivised to travel within the state.

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FWO issues Franchisor guidelines on ‘Reasonable Steps’

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) – the independent statutory body responsible for enforcing compliance with workplace laws and education – has recently published a resource for franchisors providing guidance on their responsibilities and practical steps that they can implement to comply with the ‘reasonable steps’ requirements.

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Register for our Webinar – Contractors vs Employees

The legal difference between an employee and an independent contractor has been blurred for some decades, leading to plenty of confusion and complaints from each of employers, contractors, and employees. The lack of clear guidelines has led to potential exposure for employers to litigation and prosecution.

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Everything you need to know about the Annual Wage Review

What is the Annual Wage Review?

The Annual Wage Review is a process carried out by the Fair Work Commission in which a review is provided on the national minimum wage as well as the pay rates under modern awards. After the review is completed, adjustments are then made to reflect the findings of the Review.

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How to tell which award applies to your business?

One of the most common errors we’ve identified that leads to underpayments are businesses incorrectly classifying employees, whether that be choosing the wrong award, or employee classification within it. Ensuring that your employees are being paid under the correct award is the first step to being payroll compliant. Failing to be compliant at these first steps means all other payroll compliance measures in place within your business will be redundant.

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