Category: Employment

Navigating Employment Law for Small Businesses

All businesses in Australia, whether you operate as a sole trader or company, must comply with the minimum entitlements under employment legislation and regulations. Many businesses must also comply with specific requirements associated with its industry. Failure to adhere to employment laws can result in investigations and fines.  But did you know that there are […]

Fair Work Commission – Annual Award Increases

Following its annual review, the Fair Work Commission recently announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages.  In previous years, wage increases applied from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July. Having considered the significant impact caused by the pandemic in some industries, the Commission has opted to stagger the wage increases […]

New Ruling: What Constitutes a Casual Worker

The Federal Court of Australia handed down a new ruling yesterday in WorkPac v Rossato redefining what constitutes a casual employee. Effectively, your regular rostered casual workers may not be casual workers at all and may be entitled to certain leave entitlements. The Federal Government has indicated that it is open to legislative amendments to […]

The importance of well drafted employment contracts

The need for well drafted employment contracts and policies is vital as these documents set out the framework in which the employment relationship is regulated. A well drafted employment contract: sets clear obligations and expectations on the employee so if that employee fails to meet the terms and conditions of employment the employer can rely […]

The Human Rights Act – does it apply to you?

As of 1 January 2020, all provisions of the Queensland’s Human Rights Act 2019 are now in effect. What does this mean for you and your business? You’ll need to consider whether the Act applies to your business and whether policies and procedures should be implemented to meet statutory obligations. The Human Rights Act creates […]

Is your business ready for the changes to annualised salaries?

In 2019 the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision imposing significant new obligations on employers paying annualised salaries under a number of modern awards. Annual salary clauses in 19 awards have been amended and the terms will be inserted into three additional modern awards.  A list of the effected awards is set out below. […]

Is a Casual Employee Really Casual?

Recent changes made by the Fair Work Commission and the ever-evolving legal landscape makes it hard to keep up with employer rights and duties under employment law. This is particularly true for casual employment as there are so many factors to be considered. Most people associate casual employment as an employee having no firm advance […]