Employment Legislation
  • August 17 2015 Factory workers underpaid $45,000 over eight years due to computer error

    25 Factory workers at Nambucca Heads on the NSW North Coast have been underpaid by a total of $45,000 over eight years. An investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman discovered that the wages system had been set up incorrectly resulting in miscalculations of leave accruals, leave loading and superannuation entitlements between 2007 and 2015. The Read More…

  • August 10 2015 New industry code highlights need for national regulation of employment services

    The Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA), the peak body for the private employment services sector, has released a proposal for an Employment Services Industry Code (ESIC). The ESIC sets out to eradicate unfair practices with a single national framework for the regulation of the employment services and on-hire marketplace. Steve Granland, CEO, RCSA said Read More…

  • August 5 2015 Penalty rate reduction expected to support further growth in retail sector

    The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has said that penalty rates must be reduced to support further retail growth. This comes as retail figures for June 2015 have shown further growth while the Productivity Commission has opened discussion on the matter of penalty rates. Retail trade figures for June 2015 grew by 4.9 per cent year Read More…

  • July 22 2015 Vulnerable working holiday makers: Blueberry farmer faces Court over alleged record-keeping failures

    Sandy Beach blueberry farmer, Gurmakh Dosanjh, will face Court in Sydney over alleged record-keeping failures for dozens of overseas workers. A spot check of Mr Dosanjh’s property by Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) inspectors last November revealed the blueberry farmer only kept a record of the workers’ first names and quantity of buckets picked. The majority Read More…

  • July 21 2015 Construction, manufacturing and transport industries struck by Ice

    Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) reports “higher than average use” of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) by employees in the construction, manufacturing and transport industries. Ai Group has singled out the particular dangers of the Ice epidemic for the construction, manufacturing and transport industries in a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s inquiry into Read More…

  • July 21 2015 Time off over remuneration? Changes to time-off-in-lieu of overtime provisions

    The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has developed a clause which will allow employees to claim one hour of time off per hour of overtime worked. The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has convinced a Full Bench of the FWC to “extend time-off-in-lieu (TOIL) of overtime provisions throughout the award system,” Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Read More…

  • August 29 2014 FWO targeting underpayments by supermarkets

    The Fair Work Ombudsman will target supermarkets that underpay trolley workers who are already among the nation’s most vulnerable and exploited groups of workers.

  • June 23 2014 Exploitation claims send Ombudsman to Bundaberg

    A team of workplace inspectors is in Bundaberg today to respond to allegations of exploitation of foreign workers on Queensland farms.

  • October 24 2013 Six tips for avoiding unfair dismissal claims

    Under the Fair Work Act, if an employee is dismissed in a “harsh, unjust or unreasonable” manner they may be awarded up to six month’s pay by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

  • July 31 2013 Sham contracting high risk area for SMBs

    Employment legislation can be hard to get your head around, especially if you’re an SMB hiring a variety of workers under different conditions.

  • July 16 2013 The legal requirements of unpaid work

    EI gives the small business community the opportunity to ask our employment experts their burning employment questions.

  • July 11 2013 A guide to terminations

    There are a number of situations where termination can occur, and each situation must be handled carefully to ensure compliance with complex employment laws.

  • July 9 2013 Retailers cop flak over staff requirements

    Retailers who require their staff to buy and wear their brand’s product have been issued a warning by the workplace watchdog.

  • July 9 2013 All change, no difference: Opinion

    Kevin ’13 doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it? I suspect that the lack of a neat catch phrase won’t be his biggest problem.

  • July 8 2013 Senate passes 457 visa crackdown bill

    The restrictions on hiring foreign workers have become tighter with the Senate passing Labor’s 457 foreign worker visa scheme.