Blog Articles

December 11, 2020

Employment law is rapidly evolving, and it is important to keep abreast of the changes to minimise risk.  In this article we update you on two changes impacting your Practice: new rules for calculating overtime rates for casuals, and importantly, the introduction of wage theft laws. New Casual Rates The Health Professionals and Support Services

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August 28, 2020

Personal LeaveThe entitlement to Personal (Sick) Leave has caused a lot of confusion over the last few years.  Permanent employees receive 10 days paid leave each year, but how is that calculated?  Following a recent High Court decision, we are now pleased to clarify the position. Originally paid leave was calculated based on ordinary hours worked. 

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July 17, 2020

Since the introduction of JobKeeper, many Practices have reported an increase in staff absences and unavailability.  While JobKeeper was intended to operate as a wage subsidy to benefit employers affected by Covid-19, it also subsidises additional leave in that staff receive the full $1500 fortnightly payment including if they don’t work, and when there is

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June 24, 2020

In this Circular, we will explain some important changes to the Health Professionals and Support Services Award, and what it means for your Practice. The Award was varied in April and May, and was subject to a formal four yearly review, ending on 16 June 2020.  The Award now looks and reads very differently.  The most recent changes

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June 11, 2020

While most Practices have resumed operations, subject to some professional restrictions, other businesses in Australia are only reopening now.  The government is now focused on balancing health risks with rebuilding the economy.  Consequently the requirement of employers to demonstrate “how” they comply with workplace health and safety obligations, to prevent contracting or spreading Covid-19 is

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May 21, 2020

Important Legal Developments This week sees four important decisions that have significant implications for Practices that have stood down staff; are utilising Jobkeeper; and that employ casuals. This will likely cover most Practices. Employment law is rapidly changing and evolving and it is important for employers to keep up to date with these developments. We summarise

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