Changes to salary annualisation

Changes to salary annualisation

Putting employees on a salary rather than an hourly rate with penalties and overtime as they apply, is a simpler way for many businesses to get around the confusion that often results in underpayments. Having a recurring rate of pay each week, also takes away the pain...
Calculate personal leave in days

Calculate personal leave in days

The case of Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v AMWU [2019] FCAFC 138 , heard in the Federal Court of Australia clarified how personal/carer’s leave is to be calculated and paid under the Fair Work Act 2009. While the decision is undergoing an appeal, and while it may...
Overtime allocation and workday clarified

Overtime allocation and workday clarified

The industrial relations landscape is changing at a rapid pace and employers are hard pressed to keep up. In case you missed it, here are the cliff notes of two Federal Court decisions determining overtime allocation on a fixed rotating roster and another, determining...
What is “reasonable additional hours”?

What is “reasonable additional hours”?

Employment contracts these days usually carry a provision under the Hours of Work heading that go something like this: “The employer may also require you to work reasonable additional hours from time to time (including on weekends and public holidays)…” So, what is...
Changes from 1 July 2019

Changes from 1 July 2019

The 3% increase to the Federal Minimum Wage wasn’t the only change coming into effect from 1 July this year. The new rate is payable from the first full pay cycle starting in July. However, businesses will also need to be aware also of the following changes: The...
Contrition payments for cafe owners

Contrition payments for cafe owners

Two café operators in Melbourne are now subject to Court-Enforceable Undertaking (EU) after they were found by Fair Work to have underpaid 26 of their employees close to $25,000. The EUs mean that the operators are now committed to improving their compliance with...
Minimum wage up 3% from 1 July

Minimum wage up 3% from 1 July

Fair Work have announced the annual wage indexation for the 2019/2020 financial year at 3% or $19.49/hour as of 1 July 2019. This increase means that the national minimum wage earnings receive a modest boost of $21.28 per week to $740.62. This applies to base pay...
Family and Domestic Violence Leave

Family and Domestic Violence Leave

The impact of domestic and family violence (D&FV) to the economy is substantial amounting to around $10.4 billion annually with a further $7.1 billion spent to provide the support services for health, justice and social welfare. Domestic and family violence...