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News articles written by Australian Workplace Lawyers for reference and review:

Penalty rate changes – Just the facts ma’am!

The employment safety net comprises Fair Work Act minimum standards (eg annual leave) and industrial award minimum pay and conditions in various industries and occupations. When the new award system commenced in 2010 (under the previous government) an inbuilt check...

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Buying a business? Its about the people stupid.

Don't be dazzled by the figures or the brand when buying a business.  People (both contractors and employees) are the most important asset. Do your due diligence before agreeing to take on any of the seller's employees.  Look at existing employment agreements,...

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There are no bad employees, only bad managers

We are all guilty of having employees (or contractors) we don't want to deal with.  We let things simmer until, WHAMMO!, we snap and decide they have to go, preferably RIGHT NOW!  It is of course best to sleep on it before making any hasty decisions which might have...

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Personal leave – the dos and donts

What's the difference between sick leave and personal/carer's leave?  Well, personal/carer's leave is a National Employment Standard entitlement which includes both sick leave (where an employee is not fit for work because of a personal illness or injury) and carer's...

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Are you up to date with the minimum wage?

Now is a good time to make sure you are meeting (or being paid!) your minimum pay obligations. Minimum wages will increase from 1 July 2016 as a result of the Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to award a minimum wage increase of 2.4%. This means that the federal...

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Are enterprise agreements worth the trouble?

"We dont want to pay award rates, cant we just have an enterprise agreement?"  Well no, its not that simple.  An enterprise agreement (EA) is a legislatively sanctioned agreement between an employer and a group of employees which takes the place of an applicable...

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Contracting Traps for the Unwary

Thinking of engaging contractors or working as a contractor?  All contractors should operate through a company with an A.C.N. (Australian Company Number).  An A.B.N. (Australian Business Number) is not the same thing.  Sole traders, partnerships and most trusts are...

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