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 qualified … Continued

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

2 October 2020

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 … Continued

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An Employer’s Guide to the Upcoming Silly Season

2 October 2020

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 … Continued

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Unfair Dismissal and General Protections

2 October 2020

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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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

16 September 2020

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 … Continued

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JobKeeper Formally Extended Until 28 March 2021 With Important Amendments

4 September 2020

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 … Continued

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How Personal/Carer’s Leave Should Be Calculated

19 August 2020

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 … Continued

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

29 July 2020

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 $1,200. … Continued

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

29 July 2020

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 $1,200. … Continued

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A Summary of Key Employment Thresholds and Calculations for this Financial Year

23 July 2020

Each financial year a number of key employment figures change. The following table sets out the key figures for this financial year as well as a summary of some of the key figures in employment law generally that affect our members. WAGE INCREASE Amount 1.75% Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010 Effective 1 November … Continued

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Further Changes to Award Flexibility during the COVID-19 Pandemic

20 July 2020

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 … Continued

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