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The Rise of Accessorial and Individual Liability – A Growing Concern for Managers and Directors

Directors, CEOs, General Managers, and even HR Managers beware; the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) appears to be increasing its activities and is taking legal action against individuals under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“the Act”), and there can be serious consequences. Last year saw an increase in the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO) efforts to pursue directors and managers, including HR and payroll managers, for their involvement in contraventions of the Act. Section 550 of the Act makes it possible for legal action to be taken against individuals who are personally involved in breaching the...

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Is United Voice Becoming the New CFMEU

Just as I read the Courier Mail a couple of weeks ago and find the CFMEU state secretary Jade Ingham charmingly stating: “We just like a f—ing blue” (Courier Mail, 9 September 2016), I reflected on the disgraceful display of 2 bus loads of supposedly United Voice members protesting last month as they entered the premises of one of our clients, Southport Sharks. For those who are not aware, a couple of weeks ago United Voice orchestrated a protest on Southport Sharks within the premises of the Club. It appears that the “mob” arrived in 2 buses, entered the Club and signed in as guests...

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PRESS RELEASE: Tweed Club Recognised for Outstanding Staff Practices

Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club has recently been recognised by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for its exceptional and innovative approach to providing benefits to its staff. In a recent project commissioned by the FWC, the Club was one of only a handful of businesses nationwide identified as providing innovative provisions in its Enterprise Agreement that it has negotiated with its staff. The Project Report particularly focused on the Club’s staff training and education provisions in its most recent Enterprise Agreement. The Enterprise Agreement was negotiated between management and the...

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PRESS RELEASE: Smoke Breaks Banned as Bowlo Goes on Health Kick

SMOKE breaks will be banned under a new enterprise agreement signed by workers at Ballina’s Cherry Street Sports Club. The agreement has also introduced quit smoking incentives, flu vaccinations and cancer screening procedures. Club chief executive, Tere Sheehan, said it was part of a push to improve employees’ health and welfare. He also said employment conditions were now “well in excess of the award”, with the aim of retaining the “current excellent team of staff”. Cherry Street Sports Club is working towards becoming an “Employer of Choice”...

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2.5% Federal Minimum Wage Increase – Can I Absorb the Increase?

It’s that time of the year again and businesses are not only dealing with end of financial year accounting issues, but also considering the impact of the Minimum Wage increase announced by the Fair Work Commission. The FWC has decided to increase the Minimum Wage by 2.5% from the first pay period to commence on or after 1 July. FWC President, Justice Iain Ross stated in the decision “A number of considerations have led us to award a lower increase than that determined in last year’s review decision”. Among these considerations was the reduction in inflation and aggregate wages growth, which...

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