As we transition in to the New Year, it is worth just checking that we are up to date with Fair Work and other changes that came in in 2019 and we are ready for what is coming.
Here are some little reminders on what has already changed:
- There were a raft of changes came in on 1 July 2019, some associated with the Annual Wage Review decision and others associated with variations to weekend penalty rates in some industries and the introduction of portable long service leave in the community services, contract cleaning and security industries – see more at https://ridgelinehr.com.au/lots-of-changes-from-1-july-2019/
- The Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 came into full effect at the end of October 2019 which means that only licensed labour hire services are permitted to operate in Victoria and it is an offence to use an unlicensed provider – more at https://ridgelinehr.com.au/reminder-labour-hire-licensing-about-to-hit/
- The Fair Work Ombudsman did a complete refresh of the Fair Work Information Statement that must be given to every new employee – make sure you have the right version at https://ridgelinehr.com.au/heads-up-new-fair-work-information-statement-released/
And a couple of new heads ups:
- Coverage of the Victorian Portable Long service Scheme for the community service sector has been extended to include NDIS and some children’s service providers effective from 1 January 2020. This means that eligible employers, with workers undertaking these types of work, will need to register with the Portable Long Service Authority by 31 March 2020. See https://ridgelinehr.com.au/extension-of-coverage-of-victorian-portable-long-service-leave-scheme/
- The Fair Work Commission is varying 21 modern awards to include new Annualised Wage provisions which impose significant obligations on employers in the affected industries – see more at https://ridgelinehr.com.au/heads-up-new-award-obligations-on-annualised-wages/
The modern award review process is still going in the Fair Work Commission 6 years after it started and we can expect more changes to awards in the year ahead.
The other burning issue in 2019 was that of all of the cases of corporate underpayment of wages and the growing use of the term “wage theft”. This has prompted State and Federal Governments to explore the potential for criminal sanctions for deliberate wage theft – more coming on this no doubt in 2020.
Anyone needing help with any of this or any employment matter, give Peter Maguire a call on 0438 533 311 for a free initial phone consultation.