Changes to Annualised Salary Clauses in Modern Awards – 1 March 2020

On 1 March 2020, new annualised salary clauses will come into effect across a number of modern awards (capturing multiple industries). This follows the recent four-yearly review by the Fair Work Commission into modern awards, which largely revolved around the reliability of annualised salary arrangements (following several high-profile cases of underpayments, including Made Establishment, run [...]

2020-02-05T06:14:44+00:00February 5th, 2020|Business Advice, Compliance, Contracts, Corporate Advisory, employees, Employment Law|Comments Off on Changes to Annualised Salary Clauses in Modern Awards – 1 March 2020

Employees set to benefit under new Superannuation laws

Previously, it has been common practice for employees to sacrifice part of their salary or wages to boost their super contributions. In these types of salary sacrificing arrangements, employers have paid the sacrificed amount to the employee’s super fund on their behalf. Salary sacrificing has many benefits in that it provides a: Tax effective way [...]

2020-01-08T22:10:38+00:00January 7th, 2020|Business Advice, Compliance, Corporate Advisory, employees, Employment Law|Comments Off on Employees set to benefit under new Superannuation laws

Will your ‘zero-tolerance policy’ withstand the scrutiny of the Fair Work Commission?

A behaviour that is perfectly acceptable in one workplace may be cause for summary dismissal in another. Take the use of a mobile phone - it’s expected of an office worker, but it is typically forbidden in the context of a food production line. The rulebook was crystal clear in the case of the Fresh [...]

Employee claims $1.8M from boss, ‘Mr Stinky’, for farting – The Law of Workplace Bullying

I was sceptical when an article with a similar headline and a suspicious publication date (April 1st) pedalled its way through social media. In response, I did precisely what one would expect of a mature, inquisitive lawyer- I conducted a search of the Australasian Legal Information Institute, keyword: fart. My search returned a surprising number [...]