Entries by Peter Maguire

Are modern awards too complicated?

The award modernisation process provided a wonderful opportunity to really simplify workplace relations compliance and the abilities of both employers and employees to understand the rules of employment in Australia and in their industry and in their particular circumstances. It was successful in reducing thousands of federal and state awards to 122 modern awards which […]

Lots of changes from 1 July 2019

It seems that the pace of change in workplace relations keeps accelerating just like it does in other aspects of business and life. Part of our role is to keep you informed about changes in your responsibilities as an employer so here are the “heads ups” on what’s changed from 1 July 2019 and a […]

Labour hire licensing starting

The Victorian “Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018” partially came into operation on 29 April 2019. The first step in this is that labour hire firms wanting to operate in Victoria have to get a licence within 6 months (ie by 29 October 2019). When the Act comes into full operation, it will be an offence […]

Portable long service leave coming on 1 July 2019

The Victorian “Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018” comes into effect from 1 July 2019. From that date, workers in the community services, contract cleaning and security industries will be entitled to portable long service leave for all service in the industry regardless of how many employers they might have or for how long they […]

FWC awards 3% wage increase

Today, the Fair Work Commission handed down the Annual Wage Review 2018-2019 decision. That is to increase the national minimum wage and award wages by 3% effective from 1 July 2019. The new National Minimum Wage will be $740.80 per week, or $19.49 per hour. The increase is fully absorbable against overaward payments ie if […]

Leverage relationships for results

If people are your greatest asset (as is so often said to be the case), why is it that so few organisations actually put people at the centre of their business strategy and activity? Why? Because for the past thirty years, Australian businesses have generally been focused on risk management and process control and more […]

Time to review that contract?

Over the past couple of years, there have been lots of changes in employment conditions and related legislation, regulations and modern awards. Do you have a regular review of your employment documentation to ensure that your employment contracts and HRM policies and procedures are consistent with current workplace relations requirements? Can you demonstrate as an […]