Entries by Peter Maguire

Are you ready for casual conversion?

All modern awards which do not already have a casual conversion clause will have one from 1 October 2018. This means that employees who are engaged as casuals on a regular and systematic basis for 12 months can apply to convert to full-time and part-time employment. An employer can refuse such a request on reasonable […]

Judge and FWO create confusion in car rental industry

A decision by a Federal Circuit Court Judge has thrown the car rental industry into confusion about the award coverage of its workers. For over a decade, the Fair Work Ombudsman and its predecessor government agencies have held that customer service staff are covered by clerical awards and car cleaners are covered by vehicle industry […]

New Fair Work Information Statement

The Fair Work Ombudsman has published a modified version of the Fair Work Information Statement effective from 1 July 2018. Under National Employment Standards, employers must provide any new employee with a copy of the current Fair Work Information Statement. The document provides basic information on employee entitlements and rights and the roles of the […]

7 ways to build trust

In the backwash of the banking royal commission, the investigations into paedophilia in religious institutions, ongoing domestic violence and gender inequality, much publicised cases of underpayment of wages by rogue employers and gig businesses and rorts by members of parliament and government officials, there is a lot of talk about “trust” and Australia having a […]

More changes for employers

The changes keep coming in the field of workplace relations: Annual Wage Review There are a number of changes taking effect from 1 July 2018 as a result of the decision in the 2017-2018 Annual Wage Review as follows: The national minimum wage and award rates have been increased by 3.5%. The filing fee for […]

Special event – An evening with Libby Gorr

When: 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm, Tuesday 17 July 2018 Where: Karralyka Centre, Mines Road, Ringwood East Cost: $85 per head or $800 for a table of 10 Two course dinner plus drinks at bar prices  Bookings at: www.footmen.org.au  This is a family event full of fun and inspiration delivered by a trio of wonderful […]