Recent news

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

Australia: New revisions to note

Several changes took place in the world of work on 1st July 2024 …

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Australia: Amendments to visa conditions

With the recent changes to visa conditions (8107, 8607 and 8608), holders of ‘Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)’, ‘Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)’, and ‘Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494)’ who stop working with their sponsoring employer will now have more time to find a new sponsor, apply for a different visa or arrange to depart Australia …

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Australia: Raising the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (1st July 2024)

With effect from 1st July 2024, the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) will be increased by 4 …

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Australia: Final agreement to appoint Anti-Slavery Commissioner

The passage of the Modern Slavery Amendment (Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner) Bill at the end of last month means that the federal government may now begin its search for a Commissioner …

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Australia: Boost to the minimum wage (1st July 2024)

With effect from 1st July 2024, the national minimum wage will be increased by 3 …

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Australia: Queensland expands corporate manslaughter law

The offence of corporate manslaughter was first introduced under Sec 34C of the Work Health and Safety Act in 2017 …

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Australia: Growing hostility towards non-competes

In spite of moves to ban, or heavily constrain, non-compete agreements around the World they remain an important defence for companies from inadvertently training and cultivating individuals who will readily depart and seek to undermine their former employer’s competitive position – thanks to insider knowledge provide in an atmosphere of trust …

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Australia: Extra week of annual leave for shiftworkers

Shiftworkers who are covered by an award or agreement, which defines or describes the employee as a shiftworker for the purposes of the National Employment Standards (NES) will receive 5 weeks of annual leave a year – instead of the 4 weeks available for other workers …

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Australia: Backpay obligations

An employer may be liable to apply enterprise agreement entitlements retrospectively to an employee, even though it did not apply at the date of their termination …

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Australia: Limits to working on public holidays

Where an employer seeks to request an employee to work on a public holiday, they must ensure the formal proposal is put forward as a request, and the choice of whether to accept is left in the employee’s hands …

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Australia: Status quo in recruitment market

A survey recently conducted by the Australian HR Institute has found that hiring is at its lowest point in over a year, although there are few plans to undertake collective redundancies …

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Australia: Timely reminders on ‘protected attribute’

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently published a useful fact sheet addressing some recent changes to general protections under the “Fair Work Act 2009” …

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Australia: Key facts necessary to prove dismissal date

In a recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) case, a former employee received a dismissal email on 1st November 2023 …

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Australia: Queensland bans WHS liability insurance

Queensland employers are now prohibited from taking out insurance to cover fines and penalties for workplace health and safety (WHS) breaches …

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Australia: Changes to paid parental leave (1st July 2024)

From 1st July 2024 paid parental leave entitlements will be increased from 20 to 22 weeks a year …

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