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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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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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What is the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code?

What is the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code?

The Small Business Fair Dismissal Code (the ‘Code’) only applies to small businesses as defined under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), which are those with fewer than 15 employees. In addition, for small businesses, employees are not entitled to claim Unfair Dismissal in the first 12 months of their employment. It is therefore important that small businesses ensure employee dismissals are consistent with the Code to avoid getting involved in an unfair dismissal case which may go against them.

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ER Strategies’ Interactive Guide to the Casual IR 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 now 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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