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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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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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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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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Injury reporting becomes compulsory for employers

Worker’s compensation injury reporting laws have recently changed in Queensland, bringing them closer to the requirements of New South Wales. All Queensland employers now must report injuries sustained by workers to their worker’s compensation insurer where the injury may be compensable. For most Queensland employers, your worker’s compensation insurer is WorkCover. Q. What do these new… Read more »

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New Laws for Casuals: have you met your obligations?

No doubt you may have heard a lot in the media recently about the new laws for casuals. And, it may seem a bit overwhelming at times as there is so much information and sometimes it can seem a bit sensationalised. In this three minute read, Industryus has done the hard work and summarised the… Read more »

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2020: The year of Covid, Casuals and IR Reform?

On 26 May 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced plans which could potentially define the future of work for millions of Australians. In a move likely to sit very uncomfortably with the labour party, the current government intends to work with unions and business groups (including both large and small business), to explore industrial relations… Read more »

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Return to Work: after a Work From Home period

With the Australian government now planning the way out of COVID-19 restrictions, there has been some talk of businesses reopening and this means the return to work at some stage for employees. While we have seen some businesses reopen now that JobKeeper payments have commenced, many still remain closed. Which means that for many employers… Read more »

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JobKeeper subsidy for employers: 20 common questions

The new JobKeeper subsidy for employers was passed through parliament late last week, opening up a lifeline to many employers and employees alike. The proposed eligibility criteria had been made widely available since the package was announced which means that many employers might have already investigated their eligibility in preparedness. However, just how the JobKeeper… Read more »

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New Pandemic Leave: what it means for your business

Pandemic Leave placed into 99 modern awards On 8 April 2020, a decision was made by the Fair Work Commission to vary 99 modern awards with additional measures such as new ‘Pandemic Leave’, that are aimed at addressing the impacts of Coronavirus. The new Stage 1 provisions will mean a new Schedule ‘X’ will be… Read more »

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