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Extension of Schedule I under the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2020

On 30 September, the Fair Work Commission extended the operation of Schedule I in the Clerks Private Sector Award until 30 November 2020. Schedule I contains various provisions aimed at preserving the business viability during the COVID-19 pandemic. For administrative employees covered by this Award, subject to meeting all of the requirements in Schedule I, [...]

Fair Work Flexibilities – Legacy Employers

The Covid-19 pandemic has had drastic impacts on the Australian economy. The Australian Federal Government has implemented schemes such as JobKeeper in response to preserve the employer-employee relationship and keep businesses and employees in work.   The second phase of the JobKeeper scheme begins from 28 September 2020. It allows legacy employers who were previously [...]

Amendments to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld)

Several key amendments to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld) (‘Act’) have been released by the Queensland Government that will impact on NECA members in QLD.  A number of changes will come into operation on 1 October 2020 concerning new offences that are now subject to penalties, supporting statements for payment [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

JobKeeper Payment Scheme extended to 28 March 2021 – What you need to know

The JobKeeper Payment, which was originally due to run until 27 September 2020, will now continue to be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed and not-for-profits) until 28 March 2021.   The JobKeeper Payment rate From 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021 The fortnightly payment for full-time workers is decreasing from $1,500 to [...]

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