Our legal updates focus on important employment law and industrial relations issues.


Legal Updates

ANNUALISED SALARY ARRANGEMENTS AND COMPLIANCE WITH MODERN AWARDS

Date: October 24, 2016
Does paying an employee an annualised salary satisfy the employer’s obligations under a modern award? It is common for employers to pay their employees an annualised salary on the assumption that doing so will satisfy the employer’s obligations under any applicable modern award.  A recent decision of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) casts… > READ MORE

LABOUR HIRE WORKERS AND UNFAIR DISMISSAL

Date: September 21, 2016
The decision of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in Pettifer v MODEC Management Services Pty Ltd [2016] FWCFB 5243 (MMS case) indicates that labour hire employers will not breach unfair dismissal laws contained within the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) where they dismiss a worker in accordance with the… > READ MORE

CHANGES TO ANNUAL LEAVE CLAUSES IN MODERN AWARDS

Date: September 14, 2016
As part of its 4 yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has made some important changes to the annual leave provisions in many modern awards that are currently operating. ISSUE The main changes made by the FWC relate to three central issues in relation to employees covered by a modern award,… > READ MORE