Fair Work Commission confirms employers must consult with employees before deciding to make them redundant

14 December 2020

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission, Mr Peter Gourdeas v Heyday 5 Pty Ltd[1] has confirmed that an employer must consult with ‘affected employees’ as required by an enterprise agreement or award that is binding on the employees and employer. Under the Electrical,  Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2020 (the Electrical Contracting Award) … Continued

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Learn How to Enforce a Judgement Debt against a debtor

8 December 2020

After receiving a Court judgement that orders a debtor to pay you money, this does not always mean that you will be paid. In many cases, after receipt of the judgement, most creditors still need to take further steps to ensure they are paid. Marina Galatoulas, Solicitor at CTI Lawyers, will discuss the steps involved … Continued

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Changes to Overtime Calculations for Casual Employees affective from 20 November, 2020

16 November 2020

From 20 November 2020, employers are now required to apply the compounding approach when calculating the pay of their casual employees who work overtime. This means that the employee is required to pay time and a half, double time and double time and a half on the rate that is inclusive of the casual loading. … Continued

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A guide on managing bullying and harassment in the workplace

7 November 2020

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act) states that a worker is bullied if an individual or group of individuals “repeatedly behaves unreasonably towards the worker or a group of workers of which the worker is a member” while the worker is at work and the “behaviour creates a risk to health and safety”. The … Continued

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5 Key Contract Clauses for Contractors When Negotiating Contracts

5 November 2020

In this webinar, Jacques Nel from CTI Lawyers will discuss the 5 Key Clauses for contractors when negotiating contracts. Key takeaways include: 1. Security and recourse to security;2. Risk of errors, ambiguities and inconsistencies in contract documentation3. Delays and extension of time;4. Liquidated damages and delay costs. For more information contact CTI Lawyers on 1300 … Continued

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Extension of Schedule I under the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2020

On 30 September, the Fair Work Commission extended the operation of Schedule I in the Clerks Private Sector Award until 30 November 2020. Schedule I contains various provisions aimed at preserving the business viability during the COVID-19 pandemic. For administrative employees covered by this Award, subject to meeting all of the requirements in Schedule I, … Continued

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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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Debt Recovery for Electrical Contracting Business

2 October 2020

There have been a number of building companies recently not paying subcontractors. Many of these subcontractors now or in the future will face financial difficulties from not getting paid the money they are owed.  If this sounds like you, then watch the CTI Lawyers webinar on Debt Recovery for Electrical Contracting Businesses. For advice or more … 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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