casual employment reform blog

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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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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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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casual employment reform blog

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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Major reforms to workplace laws proposed by Morrison Government

The Government on 9 December has moved to make significant and important changes to the Fair Work Act 2009. The aim of the proposed legislative changes is to resolve uncertainty as to casual employment by defining what is a casual employee, adding flexibility for part time employment, providing flexible work directions, introducing changes to enterprise bargaining rules and the approval process, and through new compliance and enforcement obligations.

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