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Are confidential wage rates in enterprise agreements a thing of the past?

In this Full Bench decision, it was found that the Commission lacked the necessary power to redact the wages rates in the published version of an enterprise agreement. This is the first Full Bench decision to consider the proper construction of sections 601(4)(b) and 594(1) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). This …
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All in a day’s work: a landmark decision on personal/carer’s leave entitlements

The Full Federal Court has handed down an important decision about personal/carer’s leave entitlements under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act). This decision is now the authority for how personal/carer’s leave should be treated and, for some employers, will have significant implications on how they treat personal/carer’s leave. The Court has said that: eligible …
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“Poisonous employee” wins claim of adverse action

“Poisonous employee” wins claim of adverse action

This recent Federal Circuit Court decision reminds us of the need for employers to ensure that redundancies are implemented on the basis of genuine operational reasons. A decision to terminate an employee’s employment or disestablish an employee’s position where there is a lack of evidence around the operational reasons for the decision is likely to …
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Are you next?: the implications of underpaying staff

The recent headlines involving celebrity chef George Calombaris and the MADE Group of Restaurants serves as a warning to employers about workplace compliance and the consequences of getting it wrong. Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker says “the Fair Work Ombudsman is cracking down on underpayments in the Fast Food, Restaurant and Café sector, and we …
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Changes to legislation for off-the-plan sales

The Conveyancing (Legislation) Amendment Act 2018 (Act) was passed by Parliament on 13 November 2018. It deals with aspects of electronic land transactions and off-the-plan sale contracts for residential property. The sections of the Act dealing with electronic land transactions took effect on assent being 22 November 2018. The sections introduced to provide greater protections …
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