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.