Can you force annual leave during a Christmas close down?

Q. My business closes each Christmas period for a couple of weeks. Can I direct my employees to take annual leave during a Christmas close down? A: When a business closes temporarily during slow periods such as Christmas time, this is called a ‘close down’. Employers may be wondering whether they can direct an employee… Read more »

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Mandatory Vaccination Guidance for Employers – New 4 Tier System

Yesterday the Fair Work Ombudsman updated it’s guidance on whether employers can mandate vaccines in the workplace. Mandatory vaccination is certainly a frequent topic that’s being raised amongst employers. particularly as the Delta strain takes over. While the Ombudsman encourages employees and employers to work collaboratively to find solutions that suit both individual and workplace… Read more »

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High Court decision on Rosatto casual case

It’s confirmed! Mr Rossato was a casual employee. On 4 August 2021, the High Court unanimously overturned the controversial May 2020 decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court in the Workpac v Rossato case. If you have been following our commentary over the last couple of years regarding the Skene v Workpac case,… Read more »

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2021 Minimum Wage Increase – Get the scoop!

. Which modern awards will increase as of 1 July 2021? The Fair Work Commission has handed down it’s much anticipated decision regarding the 2021 minimum wage increase. . As of the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2021, the minimum wage will increase by 2.5% for most modern awards. However,… Read more »

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New Casual Conversion Laws : a re-cap

There has been a lot of communication around new casual conversion laws lately – so what does it all mean, and how can you make sure you’ve got all the main points covered? Read on and we will get you up to speed! What are new casual conversion laws all about? March 2021 saw legislative… Read more »

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New Sexual Harassment at work legislative changes recommended

What is the Respect@Work Report and what are the outcomes for business? As Australia recovers from COVID-19, there is a renewed focus back on the societal shift in relation to Sexual Harassment at work. Last month the Morrison Government responded to the Respect@Work Report- but what is it about, and what does it mean for business?… Read more »

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That employee who keeps chucking a sickie…

Ever noticed that one employee who keeps chucking a sickie on a Monday or before or after a public holiday (a sneaky move so that they can enjoy a long weekend!)? While your employee may very well be sick if you believe they’re being dishonest, what can you do as an employer? If you receive… Read more »

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Women’s Day 2021 – Gender Equality

Workplace gender equality is achieved when people are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of gender (WGEA). Let’s talk about this important topic on International Women’s Day 2021. So, how can CEOs and other leaders start to address the issue of gender equality in their workplaces?   1. Start… Read more »

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2021 Public Holidays – Australia, State by State

2021 Public Holidays for each Australian State and Territory Below are the list of 2021 public holidays for each Australian State and Territory.   Australia Capital Territory Friday 1 January – New Year’s Day Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day Monday 8 March – Canberra Day Friday 2 April – Good Friday Saturday 3 April… Read more »

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Tough lessons learnt in unfair dismissal for casual

We are looking back at the 2020 Fair Work Commission Unfair Dismissal case, Angele Chandler v Bed Bath N’ Table Pty Ltd, which highlighted key issues relating to unfair dismissal for casuals along with the importance of due process. The case determined that despite a valid reason for Chandler’s termination existing, the company’s incompetent National… Read more »

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