Entries by Peter Maguire

New rules on flexible working arrangements are here

A full bench of the Fair Work Commission has ordered the variation of all modern awards to include a “Requests for flexible working arrangements” clause with effect from 1 December 2018. These requests have to date been regulated under National Employment Standards which essentially provide the ability for eligible employees with 12 months’ continuous service […]

$1 million in wage underpayments in horticulture

The Fair Work Ombudsman has just released a report into investigations that it has been conducting into workplace relations compliance in the “Harvest Trail” or horticulture industry. The particulars are: 836 investigations, involving 444 growers and 194 labour hire contractors across all states in Australia and the Northern Territory. $1,022,698 in underpaid wages and entitlements […]

FWC increases casual penalty rates in retail award

The Fair Work Commission has varied the penalty rates payable to casual employees in the retail industry for work performed on Saturdays and after 6.00 pm on weekdays. The variations are being introduced in phases with the first increases taking effect from 1 November 2018. The increases for weekdays after 6.00 pm are: (i) From […]

New termination of employment provisions in awards

The Fair Work Commission has varied the majority of modern awards (89 of them) in respect of their termination of employment provisions. Under these awards, from 1 November 2018: If an employee who is at least 18 years old does not give the period of notice required, then the employer may deduct from wages due […]

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 […]