Modern Slavery Act – the implications for businesses in Australia

When we think of slavery, we don't think of Australian businesses. However, more than half of our imported goods come from Asia and the Pacific, an area that accounts for 62% of the global estimate of people in modern slavery.[1] ...

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Modern Award annualised salary changes will go live from March 2020

From 1 March 2020, new annualised salary clauses will be introduced into a number of modern awards.  These changes come about as part of the Fair Work Commission’s four-yearly review of the modern award regime. There will be...

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New Local Government Legislation introduced to Victorian Parliament set to Change CEO Policies

The new Local Government Bill 2019 was introduced into Victorian parliament in mid-November, with the aim of modernising local government regulation. It closely reflects the reforms contained in the Local Government Bill 2018 w...

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New Laws for Workplace Manslaughter in Victoria – Be Prepared

An offence of “workplace manslaughter” is set to be introduced into the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (“OHS Act”) in Victoria. The proposed legislation was introduced on 29 October 2019 and is currently ...

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Casual Loading & ‘Double-Dipping’ Win for Employers

The Senate voted in Federal Parliament on Monday night (16 September) to defeat an ALP motion to disallow the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018 (“Regulations”). The regulations are designed to assist...

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Recent Changes to Employment Legislation and Regulations

In this edition: Changes to thresholds and rates Casual conversion Casual loading and double dipping Long Service Leave Act New Victorian Long Service Benefits Portability Scheme New Labour Hire Licensing Schem...

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