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20Feb 2020

The Fair Work Commission has issued the next tranche of 31 modern awards as part of its 4 year review. Some will commence operation from 13 April 2020 and others from 4 May 2020. We also remind employers of the pending rise of 0.5% for compulsory superannuation rates in 2021. Modern Awards We previously advised […]

13Feb 2020

The Department of Health has issued a requirement for individuals to isolate themselves in certain circumstances to help mitigate the spread and risk of the coronavirus outbreak.  Managing employees who are potentially at risk of transmitting the virus is an important health and safety obligation for employers. The Department of Health is continuously providing updates […]

03Feb 2020

Have your casual employees completed their ‘minimum employment period’ under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)? A recent Fair Work Commission decision clarifies the meaning of a ‘minimum employment period’ for casual employees. A recent Fair Work Commission case, Chandler v Bed Bath N’ Table Pty Ltd (“Primary Decision”) found that a casual employee had no protection from unfair […]

31Jan 2020

Australia Day this year falls on a Sunday. For South Australians, this means that both Sunday, 26 January 2020 and Monday, 27 January 2020 are public holidays. We have received some queries from South Australian clients about which days are classified as a ‘public holiday’ for Australia Day. Some have specifically questioned why the Fair […]

31Jan 2020

Are your employees entitled to take time off work to provide assistance in fighting Australia’s current bushfires? Are employees entitled to payment for any time off that they take? During Australia’s current bushfire crisis, many emergency services volunteers have been deployed to provide assistance in the affected areas. Many of these volunteers may need to […]

10Jan 2020

The Fair Work Commission has now issued draft determinations for multiple awards that contain annualised salary clauses, and further timetables for others. Most of the revised clauses will commence on 1 March 2020. The changes require significant procedural changes for compliance. In an EMA Note and seminar last year, we alerted employers to new annualised […]

10Jan 2020

In September 2019, the government applied to the High Court for special leave to appeal the landmark Full Federal Court ruling in Mondelez v Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union [2019] FCAFC 138 (“Mondelez Decision”) regarding personal/carer’s leave. The High Court has now granted special leave to appeal. In a ruling made […]

17Dec 2019

The Fair Work Ombudsman has published a revised Fair Work Information Statement that must be given to new employees. The Fair Work Commission also recently revised its Form 17 Employer’s Statutory Declaration to be used when filing an enterprise agreement for approval.   The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) requires employers to give every new […]

10Dec 2019

This is EMA’s pick of the most interesting and relevant cases reported in the last month.  Please note that these are summaries only, and should not be relied upon in place of the full judgment.  If you would like clarification on any of the judgments, or wish to know how a particular case may apply […]

10Dec 2019

The Directors and staff of wish you and your families a happy and safe festive season and look forward to continuing our relationship in 2020.Our office will be closed from 1pm Friday, 20 December 2019 and will reopen on Monday, 6 January 2020. During our shutdown period, any urgent matters can be referred to one […]

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