Category: Workplace Relations

Public Holidays

With a slew of public holidays just over the horizon, employers should be mindful of the requirements of the modern awards and the Fair Work Act. All employees who would normally work on a given day, are paid when a…

CHRISTMAS PARTIES – YOUR DUTY OF CARE

The festive season is nearly here again and no doubt many members are looking forward to celebrating with their employees. Work Christmas functions are good for morale, a nice way to say thanks for the efforts put in over the…

FAIR WORK COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT

The Fair Work Commission has published its Annual Report for the 2015-16 Financial Year. While the report covers all aspects of the work the Commission carries out, there are some sections that will be of particular relevance to our members….

THE HARDEST CALL ANY LEADER MUST MAKE

The hardest call to be made in leadership is to hire, promote and attract people who have the right character but don’t yet have the necessary skills. My philosophy in this area is simple: If you want to be successful,…

SALARY SACRIFICE INTO A SUPERANNUATION FUND

In a decision of Fair Work Australia, Vice President Lawler confirmed that employees are able to set up a salary sacrifice arrangement that takes their net pay below the award rate.  (Casey Grammar School v Independent Education Union of Australia,…

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PUSH TO END SUPERANNUATION RATE RISES

The Federal Government is preparing to dump a planned rise in compulsory superannuation that would add $20 billion a year to employers’ wage bills. Under the previous Labor Government, the super guarantee levy was scheduled to rise from 9 to…

WHAT ARE THE NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS?

The start of the Fair Work System in 2010 saw the introduction of modern awards and the National Employment Standards (NES). The NES sets out 10 minimum entitlements for all employees and must be read in conjunction with any relevant…