How Personal/Carer’s Leave Should Be Calculated

19 August 2020

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 … Continued

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JobKeeper Payment Scheme extended to 28 March 2021 – What you need to know

29 July 2020

The JobKeeper Payment, which was originally due to run until 27 September 2020, will now continue to be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed and not-for-profits) until 28 March 2021.   The JobKeeper Payment rate From 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021 The fortnightly payment for full-time workers is decreasing from $1,500 to … Continued

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JobKeeper Payment Scheme extended to 28 March 2021 – What you need to know

29 July 2020

The JobKeeper Payment, which was originally due to run until 27 September 2020, will now continue to be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed and not-for-profits) until 28 March 2021. The JobKeeper Payment rate From 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021 The fortnightly payment for full-time workers is decreasing from $1,500 to $1,200. … Continued

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

23 July 2020

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 November … Continued

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Further Changes to Award Flexibility during the COVID-19 Pandemic

20 July 2020

On 1 April 2020, NECA Legal published an article advising of the temporary amendments to the Clerks- Private Sector Award (Award).  A copy of that article can be accessed here. The effect of the amendment was that it temporarily included a new schedule to the Award, Schedule I – Award Flexibility During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which would operate until 30 June … Continued

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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 year the … Continued

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NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act 2019 (“The Act”)

15 July 2020

The legislation is aimed at restoring the public’s confidence in residential apartment buildings in NSW after the Opal/Mascot Towers debacles. This Bill was withdrawn in November 2019, however, a Report of the Legislative Council Public Accountability Committee into Regulation of Building Standards, Building Quality and Building Disputes, published on 30 April 2020 called for the … Continued

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Application to vary an Enterprise Agreement during the COVID-19 Pandemic

19 June 2020

On 21 April 2020, CTI Lawyers published an article advising on the Fair Work Amendment (Variation of Enterprise Agreements) Regulations 2020.  A copy of that article can be accessed here. The effect of the amendment was that it temporarily shortened the access period for a proposed variation of an enterprise agreement from seven days to … Continued

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Casual Employees and the Entitlement to Paid Annual Leave and Personal Leave

10 June 2020

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 … Continued

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Guidelines on Industrial Relations Issues for Employers Engaging Electrical Workers

3 June 2020

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 … Continued

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Further Updates on Stand Down Under the Fair Work Act and JobKeeper

Under the Fair Work Act 2009, (FW Act) there is specific criteria that needs to be met before an employer can stand down its employees. Further to our previous update on Standing Employees Down, below is further update on stand downs under s524 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) as well as JobKeeper enabling stand down directions. … Continued

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JobKeeper Stimulus Package Summary

24 April 2020

The JobKeeper subsidy has been designed to support businesses that have been significantly affected by COVID-19 and to ensure that more Australians maintain employment. An eligible employee will receive $1,500 a fortnight from 30 March 2020 until 27 September 2020. Both the employer and employee need to satisfy eligibility criteria throughout the period to receive … Continued

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