Workplace & Employee Relations Articles

Paid Pandemic Leave

Paid Pandemic Leave

What happens when an employee needs to self-isolate under COVID requirements, but have run out of sick leave or have no sick leave available? What options for leave or financial support are available? COVID has caught most states, the Federal Government and Fair Work...

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Accruing Paid Sick and Carer’s Leave

Accruing Paid Sick and Carer’s Leave

How long is an employees day, and what does that mean when it comes to accruing time for sick and carer’s leave? What seems like a simple question is one that ended up before the High Court of Australia after being hotly contested through the lower courts. The matter...

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Changes to the Parental Leave Pay Scheme from 1 July 2020

Changes to the Parental Leave Pay Scheme from 1 July 2020

The Paid Parental Leave scheme gives government financial support through Centrelink to eligible parents to assist them in caring for their newborn or recently adopted child. Payments are made to the employer by Centrelink, who then pays the employee. Parental Leave...

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New Pandemic Award Provisions

New Pandemic Award Provisions

This week has seen a number of awards undergo variations because of the pandemic. With most variations, additional clauses or schedules have been added to increase flexibility around the taking of leave. Some awards have gone much further, and have included clauses...

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Can An Employer Refuse An Annual Leave Request?

Can An Employer Refuse An Annual Leave Request?

Recently we looked at when you can direct an employee to take annual leave. In this article, we will look at the other side of the equation: When can an employer refuse an annual leave request. All employees (other than casual employees) are entitled to paid annual...

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Can You Force An Employee To Take Leave?

Can You Force An Employee To Take Leave?

Some employees can’t wait to take a holiday and take each day as soon as it accrues. Others like to collect their days off, which is great except when the collection turns into several years’ worth of leave. Why Do Employees Accumulate Leave? There is no one reason...

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Is It Illegal To Sack An Employee Via Text?

Is It Illegal To Sack An Employee Via Text?

Sacking an employee is one of the most challenging HR tasks any manager undertakes. With all the changes to communications styles, with a greater reliance on text, Facebook Messenger, Yammer or WhatsApp as forms of team communication, can they be used to communicate...

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Annualised Wage Rates: Are You Paying Enough?

Annualised Wage Rates: Are You Paying Enough?

Many businesses choose to pay their employees annualised wages.  Annualised wages are wages that are calculated by projecting wage rates, penalty payments, overtime, annual leave loading and allowances outlined in an award or industrial agreement to an annual basis...

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Is Your Small Business Ready for Single Touch Payroll?

Is Your Small Business Ready for Single Touch Payroll?

In the past, employers used to report payroll activity to the ATO on an annual basis. The ATO has introduced what is called “Single Touch Payroll” (STP) requirements that means employers have to report after each payday. Businesses with more than 20 employees switched...

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