Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Australia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Australia: Fair Work rules on minimum wage increase

The national minimum wage has now been increased by 1 …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Coronavirus and workplace laws

The Fair Work Ombudsman continues to extend and enhance guidance on workplace laws in respect to the coronavirus emergency …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Almost 80% of labour hire construction companies broke workplace rules

According to the latest Labour Hire Campaign Report released by the Australian Building and Construction Commission, of the 63 labour hire construction companies audited last year, only 21% were found to be legally compliant …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Extended deadlines for submitting modern slavery statements during COVID-19

The deadlines for reporting entities (operating on reporting periods ending on, or before, 30th June 2020) to lodge modern slavery statements under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) have been extended by 3 months …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Ekka public holiday moves for Brisbane residents to enjoy a long weekend

Brisbane’s Ekka public holiday has been moved this year from Wednesday August 12th to Friday August 14th …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Agreements in progress

There has been a slowdown in collective bargaining in recent months, but at the end of April there were over 300 agreements still awaiting approval on the Fair Wage Commission (FWC) website …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Tasmania to give cash payments to temporary visa holders affected by coronavirus pandemic

Visa holders who are stuck in the state of Tasmania because of the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for a one-off payment of $250 (US$163) for individuals and $1,000 (US$652) for families, as long as they can demonstrate genuine financial hardship …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Labour hire licence applications received before 30 June 2020

According to the Labour Hire Authority in Victoria, labour hire firms may continue to operate without a licence for the time being, provided a licence application is submitted by midnight on the 30th of June 2020 and there is no evidence of previous non-compliance …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Fair Work Commission amends award entitlements

The Federal Work Commission has temporarily suspended sections of 99 modern awards in order to allow employers to send employees home on 2 weeks’ unpaid leave if they have to self-isolate, or the employee is unable to work because the government has temporarily closed their business …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Fair Work Commission – two applications to reduce redundancy pay due to incapacity to pay – two different outcomes

There is some confusion around the scope that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) is giving employers in financial difficulty to reduce statutory redundancy pay …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

ANZACs: Coronavirus: Will summer make a difference?

There has been much speculation about why Australia and New Zealand have not appeared to be hit by the pandemic as much as most other countries …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Religious Discrimination Bill

Although a second draft Religious Discrimination Bill was published last December, the current health crisis has limited parliamentary debate …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: CPD points requirements for lawyers

The deadline for practicing lawyers to gain their mandatory CPD points is March 31st …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: BP told to reinstate worker sacked for posting Hitler parody video

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ordered the oil company BP to reinstate and compensate a technician who had posted a film parodying the company’s senior management on social media …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.

Australia: Government extends coronavirus ban on travel from China

The government has taken the radical step of banning entry to all foreigners arriving from mainland China – unless they are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or immediate family member (spouse, minor dependant or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident …

Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.