Understanding the Recent Changes to Fixed-Term Contracts

Recent changes to fixed- term contracts

Fixed term contracts, as opposed to permanent contracts, are those which expire after or at a specific time. An example of a fixed term contract includes where an employee is hired in a full-time position for 6 months to cover a permanent employee on parental leave, after which their employment with the organisation will cease. […]

FWO Urges Compliance with Closing Loopholes Bill

Closing Loopholes Bill

On 15 January 2024, the Fair Work Ombudsman Anna Booth stressed the need for employers and employees to educate themselves on the new Closing Loopholes laws to ensure they are compliant. Most of the changes introduced started on 15 December 2023, while others will commence between now and 2025, giving employers time to get their […]

Casual Conversion

Casual Conversion

On 26 March 2021, sections of the Fair Work Act relating to the rights of casual employees were amended. These amendments will impose several new obligations on employers in respect of casual employees, including the obligation to make a casual conversion offer. Casual Employment Information Statement As set out in these amendments, employers are now […]

COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace

COVID-19 Vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins in Australia, many employers and employees have questions regarding their legal rights and obligations when it comes to the vaccine and the workplace. Are employee’s legally required to get the vaccine? Can employers make it mandatory for their workers to get the vaccine? What happens if an employee refuses […]

Single Touch Payroll (STP) Phase 2 Delayed to 1 January 2022

Single Touch Payroll (STP)

Start of Single Touch Payroll (STP) Phase 2 Delayed to 1 January 2022 The ATO announced in a legislative instrument that the start of Single Touch Payroll (STP) Phase 2 – originally intended to begin on 1 July 2021, a date established before the Covid-19 pandemic – would be delayed to 1 January 2022. The announcement […]

3 Examples of Fair Work Non-Compliance to Watch Out For in 2021

Fair Work Non-Compliance

Every business owner knows that complying with the Australian Fair Work system is vital to their success. However, many business owners, either on purpose or due to a genuine misunderstanding, still fail to meet the requirements of the Fair Work Act 2009. These offences range from the underpayment of staff to the exploitation of migrant workers, […]

Understanding Franchisor Responsibilities in Australia

Franchisor Responsibilities

In recent years, there has been a number of workplace law amendments that affect franchisors. These amendments greatly influence the way in which a franchisor is legally liable for the actions of a franchisee. They serve as a guideline to help the Fair Work Ombudsman determine whether a franchisor is legally liable or not. If […]

JobKeeper 2.0: Who are Legacy Employers and What Can They Do?

JobKeeper 2.0

With the extension of JobKeeper taking effect from 28 September through to March 2021, it’s important that employers are up to date with the latest eligibility requirements. For some employers, they may no longer be eligible for the JobKeeper payment scheme from September 28 onwards. However, depending on their circumstances, they may still be able […]

Casual Employees Included in ASIC Reporting

ASIC Reporting

ASIC Calls for Employers to Include Casual Employee Entitlements in Reporting ASIC (Australian Securities & Investments Commission) has recently released an updated FAQ in regards to the impact of COVID-19 on financial reporting and audit matters. While there are many key takeaways for employers to consider, one that has garnered considerable attention is the focus […]

What You Need to Know About JobKeeper Extension

JobKeeper Extension

JobKeeper Extension (JobKeeper 2.0) On 21 July 2020, the Australian Government announced plans to extend the JobKeeper Payment. Originally legislated to end on 27 September 2020, the payment has been extended to 28 March 2021. Employee Eligibility From 3rd August the employee eligibility has changed allowing employers until 31 August 2020 to meet the wage condition […]

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