Employee entitlements natural disasters

Employee entitlements for natural disasters – floods, fires, cyclones

From floods on the Gold Coast, to fires in the Snowy region of NSW and Victoria, Australian employers really are challenged regularly by natural disasters. Here is a brief rundown of common situations concerning employee entitlements for natural disasters. We have to close our site due to a natural disaster e.g. due to flood, fire… 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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Chucking a sickie

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

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

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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Unfair Dismissal for casuals

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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Industrial Relations Bill

The new Industrial Relations Bill – unpacked

On Tuesday 9th December 2020 the Morrison government tabled their new industrial relations bill in the senate. Prior to this, on 26 May 2020, the Prime Minister the Hon. Scott Morrison MP announced the Australian Government’s JobMaker plan. Part of this plan was to explore reforms to the industrial relations (IR) system to regrow jobs lost… Read more »

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overtime for casuals

New Fair Work decision – overtime for casuals

Do you employ casual workers? If you do, you should keep reading… A decision has recently been made by the Fair Work Commission that overtime for casuals should be calculated using the casual ordinary rate (inclusive of the 25% casual loading). This ruling comes as part of the four yearly review of Modern Awards. Summary… Read more »

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Gold Coast Safety Consultants

SWMS, JSA, SOP… What’s the difference?

Confused by all the different terms used in Workplace Health and Safety? Let our Gold Coast Safety Consultants help you understand what the differences are. Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) Under a range of state OHS and WHS legislation, certain High-Risk work tasks, require a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS). Furthermore, some companies require sub-contractors… Read more »

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wage theft laws

New wage theft laws for QLD – Jail time now possible

Wage Theft laws in Queensland On 15 July 2020, the Queensland Labor Government introduced legislation to criminalise wage theft. QLD joins Victoria who already implemented wage theft laws, also in 2020. Wage theft has been a big topic in the media this year and appears to be high on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s target list.… Read more »

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Parental Leave Pay Scheme

More choice with Parental Leave Pay Scheme changes

From 1 July 2020 eligible employees can split their Parental Leave Pay (PLP) so they can take it over 2 periods within 2 years. The changes give employees more choice about how and when they take their Parental Leave Pay. This change will affect employees with a child born or adopted on or after this… Read more »

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