Entries by Peter Maguire

Fair Work changes from 1 July 2017

There are a number of changes that have come into being from 1 July 2017 as a result of the 2016-2017 Annual Wage Review which increased the National Minimum Wage and award rates by 3.3% and other decisions made by the Fair Work Commission. The Fair Work Ombudsman has produced an up to date set […]

Ridgeline HR educating young people on workplace rights

This morning, we ran the first of our “Your Workplace Rights” briefings for secondary students and first up were Year 10 students at Melba College about to go out on work experience. The briefing covered pay and conditions, National Employment Standards, Modern Awards and Enterprise Agreements and the roles of the Fair Work Commission and […]

Penalty rates decision to be phased in

The Fair Work Commission has announced transitional arrangements for implementing the recent decisions to reduce penalty rates for work on Sundays and Public Holidays across a variety of awards. Sunday penalty rates The reductions in Sunday penalty rates are being phased in in annual instalments over 3 to 4 years depending on the award and […]

Fair Work Commission hands down 3.3% wage increase

The Fair Work Commission today issued its decision in the 2016-2017 Annual Wage Review. As we predicted, the decision came in at 3.3% (about midway in our predicted range of 3 – 3.5%). That takes the Federal Minimum Wage to $694.90 per week, or $18.29 per hour with effect from 1 July 2017. This constitutes an increase […]

Ridgeline HR is now in Geelong

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Geelong branch through our Associate Chris White who is based in Highton. Chris will be the lead on our activities in the region with support from our Melbourne team as required. He can be contacted at cwhite@ridgelinehr.com.au or on 0419 130 580.  

New bill set to raise Fair Work penalties by 900%

The federal government recently presented the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 to parliament and it is expected to pass into legislation with bipartisan support. This bill has far reaching consequences with the proposed changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 including: Introducing a higher scale of penalties for ‘serious contraventions’ of prescribed […]

Myths in employing young people a target in 2017

In a recent media release, the Fair Work Ombudsman, Ms Natalie James, announced a 2017 campaign to address widespread underpayment of young workers across Australia. Here is part of what she had to say including commentary on 10 myths that the Fair Work Ombudsman’s officers commonly come across. Ms James says that in 2017 her […]