Entries by Peter Maguire

New rules on flexible working arrangements coming

On 25 September 2018, a full bench of the Fair Work Commission issued a decision to insert a “Requests for flexible working arrangements” clause in all modern awards. These requests have to date been regulated under National Employment Standards which essentially provide the ability for employees with 12 months continuous service to apply to vary […]

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 […]

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 […]