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Minimum wage increase from 1 July 2018

Minimum wage increase from 1 July 2018

The Fair Work Commission (Commission) have today determined that it is appropriate to increase modern award minimum wages by 3.5 per cent, raising the national minimum wage to $24.30 a week. The new changes come into effect from 1 July 2018.

Unpaid family and domestic violence leave is coming

Unpaid family and domestic violence leave is coming

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission handed down an important decision on 26 March 2018, confirming that it will grant award covered employees an entitlement to unpaid family and domestic violence leave.

Uber drivers and employment rights

Uber drivers and employment rights

In a Fair Work Commission hearing in December 2017, Deputy President Val Gostencnik found that under Australian law, Uber drivers are independent contractors, and therefore ineligible for unfair dismissal protection.

High price for assisting others to contravene the Fair Work Act

High price for assisting others to contravene the Fair Work Act

In May 2017, the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) found the accountant’s client, the operator of a Japanese restaurant chain in Melbourne, underpaid its workers and thereby contravened the Fair Work Act. Critically though, the judge found the accounting firm, which provided the restaurant with book-keeping services, knew its client underpaid its employees and had ‘deliberately shut its eye as to what was going on’.

Employers beware: the Fair Work Act is getting even tougher

Employers beware: the Fair Work Act is getting even tougher

All businesses and employers need to be aware of the recent amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act). The amendments were part of a number of changes made by Parliament in the wake of recent underpayment scandals, particularly those involving prominent franchise operations.

Penalty rate amendments to stay: union bid fails

Penalty rate amendments to stay: union bid fails

The Federal Court has rejected United Voice’s and SDA’s bid to have the decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to cut penalty rates in certain modern awards judicially reviewed.

Change to enterprise bargaining procedure

Change to enterprise bargaining procedure

We have previously reminded employers that when negotiating an enterprise bargaining agreement the correct procedure must be followed or the Fair Work Commission (FWC) will reject the proposed agreement (see previous article here). If rejected, the bargaining process must begin again, wasting employers valuable time and resources.

Labour hirers and unfair dismissal

Labour hirers and unfair dismissal

Labour hire companies will take some comfort in a recent decision of the full bench of the Fair Work Commission in an unfair dismissal case.

Fair Work Commission calls for further submissions on penalty rates

Fair Work Commission calls for further submissions on penalty rates

Many in the community anxiously await the decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) on weekend penalty rates.  The Full Bench of the FWC recently issued further directions for further evidence to be adduced in order to assist it in coming to a decision.  That will mean a final decision will not be made for a number of months.

Cashing out annual leave

Cashing out annual leave

The Fair Work Commission has handed down a decision that will allow most employees to cash out some of their annual leave entitlements. These changes to modern awards apply from the first pay period on or after 29 July 2016.