Employment Lifecycle Series | Policies and Procedures

Further to our recent Lifecycle Series article about the importance of written employment contracts, employers should also be aware of the importance of other pieces of employment documentation, namely policies and procedures. This article sets out our tips for policies and procedures and getting them right. Click here to view full size pdf. Authored by:  […]

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Modern Slavery: Reporting requirements have commenced

Further to our recent update, the modern slavery reporting requirements under the new Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) have now commenced. The legislation, which commenced on 1 January 2019, requires entities based, or operating, in Australia, which have an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100 million, to report annually on the risks of modern […]

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No second bite at the cherry for casual employees seeking leave entitlements: Government introduces new regulations to tackle “double dipping”

In response to last year’s landmark Full Federal Court decision, WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene,[1] (see our earlier article here) the Government has introduced new regulations which allow employers, in certain circumstances, to offset the casual loading paid to an employee against certain entitlements that may otherwise be owed to the employee if they are […]

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Update on Australia’s modern slavery reporting requirements

We recently published an update advising on Australia’s move to establishing comprehensive modern slavery legislation. The legislation proposed by the Federal government sought to establish a modern slavery reporting requirement, with its primary objective being to have businesses take proactive and effective actions to address modern slavery and to mitigate the risk of modern slavery […]

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New NES entitlement: Unpaid Domestic and Family Violence Leave

In its final flurry of legislative activity for 2018, the Federal parliament has today passed an amendment to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) that will enshrine the right for employees to take up to five days unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence. This amendment follows a decision in March this year […]

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The Fair Work Commission Tackles “Flexism”

In recent years, there has been a push to ensure employees are not subject to sexism, ageism and racism in the workforce. The new term ‘flexism’[1], has now taken the spotlight. The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently handed down a decision considering ‘family friendly work arrangements’ as a part of […]

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Employment Lifecycle Series | On-Boarding and Induction Essentials

Now that you have bedded down your recruitment processes (with the tips from the first article in our Employment Lifecycle Series – Getting Your Recruitment Processes Right), it might be time to review and consider how best to design and tailor your induction and on-boarding to suit your business’ needs. This article sets out our […]

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Employment Lifecycle Series | Getting Your Recruitment Processes Right

Gadens’ Employment Advisory Team is pleased to introduce its new series of alerts covering the employment life cycle: From the Cradle to the Grave… From Recruitment to Termination. In this series we will bring you regular updates with useful tips on issues that our clients have encountered at all stages of the employment lifecycle, including […]

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#MeToo and sexual harassment in Australian workplaces

The #MeToo movement and its focus on exposing the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace continues to resonate loudly in 2018. What started in 2017 with allegations being made against Harvey Weinstein, then set off an avalanche of sexual harassment allegations being made against high profile people both in Australia and overseas. Further momentum […]

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Modern slavery and what businesses need to know

Australia is slowly moving closer to the establishment of comprehensive modern slavery legislation. At Federal level, the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Federal Bill) passed the lower house last month and is now being considered by the Senate, and in the last Federal budget funding was provided to establish an anti-slavery unit in the Department of […]

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What you need to know about the new portable long service leave for cleaning, security and community services workers in Victoria

On 4 September 2018, the Victorian Government passed the Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018. The Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 (Vic) (LSBP Act) will come into effect on 1 July 2019, unless proclaimed earlier by the Government. Why has the legislation been introduced? The LSBP Act has been introduced to enable Victorian workers […]

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FAQ on new casual conversion clauses operative from today – 1 October 2018

Casual conversion rights and obligations for award-covered employees will be streamlined across all industries from today – 1 October 2018.[1] We have addressed the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ on casual conversion below: What is casual conversion? Casual conversion is the transfer of an employee’s employment status from casual to permanent. What is being inserted into the […]

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