Industrial Relations Articles

Critical Changes to Unpaid Leave and Temporary Shutdowns 

In the past, when a shutdown was approaching, a business would close shop and workers would take time off. Workers in a position to take annual leave would do so, and those that found themselves short would usually take unpaid leave. However, rules have changed...

Closing Loopholes Bill – Take Action and Stay Informed

On the 4th of September the government introduced the Closing Loopholes Bill. This bill aims to close loopholes that exist within current pay and working conditions, with a specific focus upon gig workers. It will also increase penalties for non-compliance and breaches of pay and conditions such as, imprisonment for intentionally underpaying workers.

Employer understanding of these changes is vital and we encourage you to remain informed and to act prior to implementation. Within this article we have outlined a few ways in which you can do this.

Understanding the Disciplinary Process 

As a business owner you are aware of the tribulations that come with managing people and how this MUST be handled sensitively and attentively. Sometimes employees can slip into bad habits, lose passion, and/or allow external influences and other factors to impact working capacities, behaviours and decision making. To help, we have identified what YOU can do to make the Disciplinary Process effective.

Closing Loopholes Bill 2023 – What You Need to Know 

The proposed ‘Closing Loopholes Bill 2023’ will see future changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), that may affect your business. This will see changes to contracts for casual and contract workers, adjustments to standards surrounding pay and conditions, and industry specific changes for the Road Transport Sector.

We foresee many changes coming to workplaces in response to this bill in mid 2024, and we encourage you to be aware and prepare for how this may impact your business.