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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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COVID-19 award specific flexibilities have been extended in some awards

Over the past couple of months, the Fair Work Commission has made temporary changes to key modern awards to help support businesses and employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes have included both award-specific flexibilities and over-arching flexibilities applying to employers in a multitude of industries which have been adversely impacted by the affects COVID-19.

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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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ER Strategies turns 21!

Whilst many businesses are under pressure because of disruptions to their markets caused by COVID, there has never been a greater need for good practical advice, which also checks off all the technical issues employers face whilst navigating Australia’s industrial relations and employment law system, as well as the JobKeeper changes associated with it.

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Changes to penalty rates for certain awards from 1 July 2020

Separate to the Annual Wage Review, ER Strategies clients covered by the General Retail Industry Award and the Pharmacy Industry Award 2010 will need to make necessary payroll changes to prepare for the changes in Sunday penalty rates under each of the awards, effective on or from 1 July 2020.

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JobKeeper 2.0 – Fair Work Act amendments for ‘qualifying’ and ‘legacy’ employers

Parliament has now passed the legislation for the second phase of JobKeeper, or ‘JobKeeper 2.0’, which will now continue to provide financial support and workplace flexibilities to employers for the extended period ranging from 28 September 2020 to 28 March 2021. As part of this, the JobKeeper provisions in the Fair Work Act were extended, however, there have been some key changes to these flexibilities and employers should take note.

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