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Minimum Wage Increased by 2.5%

Minimum Wage Increased by 2.5%

The Fair Work Commission handed down its annual minimum wage review on 16th June 2021. They ordered an increase of 2.5% on the minimum wage, increasing it to $20.33 per hour or $772.60 per week. While the increase will apply to most awards from 1st July 2021, some of...

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Superannuation Guarantee Changes

Superannuation Guarantee Changes

The Superannuation Guarantee is a compulsory form of Superannuation where employers must make regular contributions to their employees' superannuation fund. The scheme came into effect in 1992 and is designed to help provide an income to Australian employees when they...

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Changes to Casual to Permanent Conversion

Changes to Casual to Permanent Conversion

On Friday, 26 March 2021, the Fair Work Act was amended to make significant changes to casual employment. There are three key areas of change: A definition of casual employment has been added to the Act.There is a legal requirement for employers to provide their...

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Workplace Relations Proposed Reforms – Update

Workplace Relations Proposed Reforms – Update

Late last year, the Federal Government introduced two bills to amend the Fair Work Act 2009. Originally, the bills were wide-ranging in their attempts at workplace reform and included features such as criminalising wages theft, part-time employment changes, changes to...

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Can Employers Mandate a COVID-19 Vaccination?

Can Employers Mandate a COVID-19 Vaccination?

Update March 2021: Fair Work Australia has issued some broad guidelines on COVID-19 Vaccinations, and Safe Work Australia has specific vaccination guidelines based on the industry you are in. With COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out in early 2021 can employers require...

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Casual Overtime Clause Updates

Casual Overtime Clause Updates

As part of their four-yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission considered the overtime provisions relating to casual employees contained in modern awards. The intent was to remove ambiguity in relation to: How casual and overtime loadings...

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Reminder: 1.75% Minimum Wage Increase for Group 2 Awards

Reminder: 1.75% Minimum Wage Increase for Group 2 Awards

A reminder that the 1.75% minimum award increase for the following awards is payable from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 November 2020. Aluminium Industry AwardAnimal Care and Veterinary Services AwardAquaculture Industry AwardArchitects AwardAsphalt...

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Paid Pandemic Leave (Updated)

Paid Pandemic Leave (Updated)

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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