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20Nov 2018

Out-of-hours conduct can often become ‘work-related’, creating a risk for employers. This is increasingly important with the ‘silly season’ approaching. Here are our top tips for planning your Christmas function. What’s the Risk? Christmas parties and other work-related functions often see mismanagement of industrial relations issues that would otherwise be carefully considered by managers or, […]

22Oct 2018

Various changes to Modern Awards come into effect within the next month. Employers should take steps to stay informed as updates continue to be published by the Fair Work Commission. Casual Conversion All Modern Awards that were affected by this change have been updated now (see previous EMA Note). These changes commenced from 1 October […]

27Sep 2018

The Fair Work Commission has updated Modern Awards with variations including casual conversion clauses. A previous EMA note outlined the Fair Work Commission’s decision to introduce casual conversion clauses into modern awards. On 26 September 2018, the Commission updated most modern awards to include the casual conversion model clause. The new clauses will commence on […]

28Aug 2018

Casual employees might be entitled to paid annual leave under the National Employment Standards In a decision with significant implications, the Federal Court has ruled on appeal that some employees paid as casual employees can still qualify for paid leave under the National Employment Standards. Employers should review the employment status of casual employees who […]

15Aug 2018

Rod Reid (Director and Principal Consultant of EMA Consulting) presented an informative discussion on the three forms of harassment – sexual, racial and bullying – to a group of HR practitioners.  With the cost to the Australian Workplace estimated to be above $11 billion, the impact of workplace harassment is significant and growing each year. […]