Entries by Peter Maguire

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 […]

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 […]