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Further Changes to Award Flexibility during the COVID-19 Pandemic

On 1 April 2020, NECA Legal published an article advising of the temporary amendments to the Clerks- Private Sector Award (Award).  A copy of that article can be accessed here. The effect of the amendment was that it temporarily included a new schedule to the Award, Schedule I – Award Flexibility During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which would operate until 30 June 2020.   On 30 June 2020, the Fair Work Commission made a determination to extend the period of operation of Schedule I until 30 September 2020.   Fair Work Commission Determination to amend Schedule I [...]

July 20th, 2020|Categories: Fair Work Act|0 Comments

Fair Work Commission Updates on the Modern Awards 2020

There have recently been a number of determinations made by the Fair Work Commission which has led to changes to the Modern Award. These changes are set out in this article and are inclusive of the following: annual wage increases; and changes and amendments to the modern awards.   Wage Increase   In each financial year the Fair Work Commission, led by an expert panel, is required to conduct a review of the modern award minimum wages. On 18 June 2020, the Fair Work Commission made a determination, for the [...]

July 17th, 2020|Categories: Employment Law, Fair Work Act|0 Comments

NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act 2019 (“The Act”)

The legislation is aimed at restoring the public’s confidence in residential apartment buildings in NSW after the Opal/Mascot Towers debacles. This Bill was withdrawn in November 2019, however, a Report of the Legislative Council Public Accountability Committee into Regulation of Building Standards, Building Quality and Building Disputes, published on 30 April 2020 called for the reforms to the industry to be urgently implemented. The Bill was then raced through parliament and assented to on 3 June 2020 with effect from 11 June 2020. The implications of the Act will take [...]

July 15th, 2020|Categories: Construction Law|0 Comments

Application to vary an Enterprise Agreement during the COVID-19 Pandemic

On 21 April 2020, CTI Lawyers published an article advising on the Fair Work Amendment (Variation of Enterprise Agreements) Regulations 2020.  A copy of that article can be accessed here. The effect of the amendment was that it temporarily shortened the access period for a proposed variation of an enterprise agreement from seven days to one day.   On 13 June 2020, the Fair Work Amendment (Variation of Enterprise Agreements No. 2) Regulations 2020 came into effect, which removed the amendment made in April. As a result, all access periods (for both [...]

June 19th, 2020|Categories: Fair Work Act|0 Comments

Casual Employees and the Entitlement to Paid Annual Leave and Personal Leave

In the recent Full Federal Court case Workpac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84, the Court considered the characterisation of employment and upheld the view that casual employees, who have the characteristics of permanent employees, are entitled to paid leave entitlements even if they are in receipt of a casual loading. The effect of this case is that there now is a substantial risk that an employer will be liable to pay its casual employees leave and other paid entitlements. Prior to this case, the view was that a casual [...]

June 10th, 2020|Categories: Employment Law|0 Comments

Guidelines on Industrial Relations Issues for Employers Engaging Electrical Workers

CTI Lawyers recently created guidelines on industrial relations issues for employers engaging electrical workers. The guidelines outline how employers should deal with: Redundancy; Stand down generally; JobKeeper Enabling Stand Down Direction; Annual Leave and Rostered Day off Generally; Annual Leave and Rostered Day off while on JobKeeper; and Reducing Hours of Work. For more information or a copy of the guidelines please contact CTI Lawyers on 1300 361 099, email

June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Employment Law|0 Comments

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