Legal Updates

Award Rates Increase

  From 1 July 2021, minimum award rates (as well as the national minimum wage) will increase by 2.5%.  If you are paying staff the minimum rates based on the Health Professionals and Support Services Award, it is very important that you increase them to avoid non-compliance. By way of example, if you employ a new Receptionist who …

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Superannuation: The Changes

From 1 July 2021, the superannuation guarantee rate will increase from 9.5% to 10%. What does this mean for your Practice? In short, it means that Practices will now have to pay 10% superannuation for your employees instead of 9.5%. Most practices can expect to pay this increased rate on top of your employees’ base …

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Hygienists come under the Award

In this circular we discuss the upcoming change for Hygienists. From 1 July 2021, Hygienists working at private practices will be covered by the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020. This is a major change for employers as historically Hygienists were specifically excluded from the Award. We suggest employers provide new contracts to Hygienists …

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COVID-19 Vaccines

In this circular we discuss implementing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for staff at your Practice: your rights as an employer, WHS law and advice for Practices. Can you make it mandatory?At present, employers cannot require employees to take the vaccine.  This is consistent with the official advice of the Fair Work Ombudsman and Safe …

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Your Questions Answered

My Receptionist wants to reduce her days from 5 to 2 when she returns from maternity leave, do I have to agree? There are two parts to this question: what is the employee’s right to return to work; and what are your obligations to accommodate a requested change.  Firstly, if your employee has worked for …

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Recruitment and References

In this circular we discuss the importance of regulating who can give references for your Practice, as well as tips on recruitment and determining suitability of candidates for the role.Giving ReferencesIf you don’t have a written policy on giving references, you might later find out a co-worker gave a very favourable or even exaggerated reference for a …

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Clarity for Casual Employment

This week saw changes to employment laws for casual employees.  We outline those changes below, to assist Practices to understand, comply, and utilise them. There is a general view that engaging employees casually gives Practices flexibility to access staff as and when needed, to suit the Practice’s needs. This flexibility is generally not possible with …

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Casual Rates + Wage Theft Laws

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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