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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Significant Changes for Employers using Annualised Salary Arrangements

The Fair Work Commission has made changes to the annualised salary provisions in a number of Modern Awards, which will substantially affect the way that annualised salary arrangements are administered by employers. These changes came into effect on 1 March 2020 and all employers using annualised salary arrangement must ensure that their arrangements are compliant. These [...]

Amendments to Union Right of Entry Permits

Businesses working in the construction industry should be advised that on 1 July 2019 an amendment to the Fair Work Regulations took effect requiring that all union entry permits, issued on or after 1 July 2019, incorporate the following: the permit holder’s full name; the name of the organisation that applied for the entry [...]

High Court Rules that Unions’ can be Banned from Paying Officials’ Fines

Case reference: Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union [2018] HCA 3 A ruling from the High Court last week has confirmed that under the Fair Work Act, a court is entitled to make a “personal payment order” which ensures that a union official who has been required to pay a [...]

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