Understanding Family and Domestic Violence Leave

Overview of Family and Domestic Violence Leave Family and domestic violence leave forms part of the Fair Work Act – National Employment Standards (NES). All employees (including casual employees) are entitled to 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year and does not accumulate from year to year. The leave can be taken […]

Fair Work Minimum Wage Increase 2021

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Annual Wage Review decision by Fair Work Commission has resulted in a 2.5% wage increase effective 1 July 2021. The Annual Wage Review panel has handed down its decision to increase the national minimum wage and minimum rates under modern awards by 2.5%. This brings the national minimum wage to $772.64 per week ($20.33 per/hour) […]

Important update on changes to casual employment

Effective Saturday 27 March 2021, the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) was amended introducing changes to workplace rights and obligations for casual employees. The following are key changes that have been introduced: Casual Employment Information Statement Definition for casual employment Right to casual conversion (convert a casual employee to permanent employment) Casual loading offset […]

Strategies for Employers to manage excessive annual leave accrual

Under the National Employment Standards (NES) all employees covered by the national workplace relations system other than casual employees are entitled to a minimum of four weeks’ paid annual leave each year, or five weeks for certain shift workers (depending on the award).  Annual leave accrues progressively during the year according to an employee’s ordinary […]

High Court decision on paid personal leave a relief for employers

In a 4 – 1 decision on Thursday 13 August 2020, the High Court overruled the original decision of the Full Federal Court in the landmark case of Mondelez. In its decision, a majority of the High court agreed that ‘10 days’ of paid personal /carer’s leave each year as expressed in s 96(1) of […]

Avoiding Wage Underpayment

Reading about wage underpayment in the news is becoming far too frequent; according to an audit report by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), it found that *56% of businesses were in breach of workplace laws, with *69% of employers stating that they were unaware of applicable workplace relations obligations. The question then is, why does it keep happening and […]