Entries by Peter Maguire

Long service leave changes from 1 November 2018

The Victorian Long Service Leave Act 2018 (LSL Act 2018) comes into operation on 1 November 2018. The key changes as noted in an earlier post are: Employee access to long service leave after 7 years of eligible service (down from 10 years). Note: The existing entitlement to payment in lieu on termination of employment […]

The numbers say it all – get workplace relations compliant

The Fair Work Ombudsman has tabled their 2017-2018 Annual Report in Parliament. If anyone had any doubt about the impact that the FWO is having on those who would try to avoid compliance, the numbers say it all – for the 2017-18 year: The FWO helped workers and businesses resolve more than 28,000 workplace disputes, […]

What are our “Better Workplace Projects”?

In essence, they are whatever you need them to be. Here are some different elements of better workplaces that we might include in a “Better Workplace Project” depending on client needs, preferences and budget: A Respectful Workplace: implementing a values-based approach to behavioural standards that are to be applied across the business and addressing legal requirements […]

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 […]