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An Employer’s Guide to the Upcoming Silly Season

It’s coming up to that time again, where we wrap up the year, celebrate the successes of the past 12 months and enjoy in Christmas festivities. With the holiday season fast approaching it is also important for businesses to remember that this time of year can come with its own specific issues that need to be managed including public holidays, Christmas-New Year close down and Christmas functions.   Public Holidays Full-time employees are entitled to payment for public holidays referred to in the Fair Work Act, including Christmas Day, Boxing [...]

October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Employment Law|0 Comments

Unfair Dismissal and General Protections

In accordance with the contract of employment and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (‘Act’), employers have a legal right to terminate the employment of their employees. Where an employee believes they have been unfairly dismissed or terminated due to discrimination, or the employee exercising a workplace right, the employee may apply for an unfair dismissal or general protections claim.   Employee rights in an Unfair Dismissal The Fair Work Commission (FWC) allows an employee to apply for a remedy if it can be found that the termination was harsh, [...]

October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Employment Law|0 Comments

QBCC to make changes to its accepted payment methods

From the 28 September 2020, QBCC will be making changes to their accepted payments methods. They will no longer be accepting cash, cheque or money orders as payments. Payments will be made through credit card, BPay and any direct debit services. These payments will extend to payments accompanying an adjudication process. Why is this an issue? Contractors may run into trouble lodging an adjudication application with the Registrar if they require a speedy lodgement process or do not have enough funds to lodge at the time of application.   How [...]

September 24th, 2020|Categories: Construction Law, Home Building|0 Comments

Are you aware that Wage Theft is now a crime in Queensland?

Under the new Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Wage Theft) Amendment Bill 2020 (Bill), which was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 9 September 2020, employers that engage in deliberate wage theft face jail terms of up to 10 years or 14 years when fraud is involved. The Bill was introduced to ensure that wage recovery processes for Queensland workers are simple, quick and low-cost. The effect of the Bill is that it amends the Queensland Criminal Code definition of stealing so as to provide an offence against an employer [...]

September 16th, 2020|Categories: Employment Law|0 Comments

JobKeeper Formally Extended Until 28 March 2021 With Important Amendments

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on the Australian economy. The Australian Federal Government has implemented schemes such as the JobKeeper wage subsidy in response to the pandemic in order to preserve the employer-employee relationship and keep businesses and employees in work.   On the afternoon of 1 September 2020, the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (JobKeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020 passed the Federal Parliament. The Bill extends the JobKeeper payment scheme and the temporary JobKeeper provisions that are currently contained in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act). [...]

September 4th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19|0 Comments

How Personal/Carer’s Leave Should Be Calculated

The High Court has granted an appeal by Mondelez Australia concerning the method of accruing and calculating paid personal/carer’s leave under section 96(1) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act). Section 96(1) of the Act provides that “For each year of service with his or her employer, an employee is entitled to 10 days of paid personal/carer’s leave”.   Employees are entitled to access their accrued personal/carer’s leave in the following circumstances: because the employee is not fit to work because of a personal illness, or personal injury, affecting the employee; or [...]

August 19th, 2020|Categories: Employment Law|0 Comments

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