Award Conditions

Significant amendments to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SCHADS Award) will take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022, putting into effect the Fair Work Commission’s determination of earlier this year following its four yearly review. Summary of changes Changes to the SCHADS Award […]

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When might an employer pay salaries rather than wages to workers covered by Modern Awards? What recent changes to the law help or hinder these arrangements? Employment law Partner Jacquie Seemann discussed these questions in an interview with law and accounting CPD course provider Television Education Network. Click here to listen to the full interview. […]

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In a development that will be welcome to retail employers and might pave the way for changes in other industries, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has amended the General Retail Industry Award 2020 (Retail Award) to provide greater flexibility in rostering and managing part-time workers. Under the amendments, which came into effect on 1 July […]

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In its annual wage review for 2020/21, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has decided to increase the national minimum wage and all modern award rates of pay by 2.5%.  The new national minimum weekly wage will be $772.60, equating to an hourly rate of $20.33. As with last year’s COVID-19 affected wage review, the FWC […]

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A true ‘casual’ employee does not have a ‘firm advance commitment’ as to the duration of their employment, or the days or hours they will work. This is the ruling of the Full Court of the Federal Court in WorkPac v Rossato[1], reinforcing its recent decision in WorkPac v Skene[2] (see our previous blog here). […]

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On 28 March 2019, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) granted an application to vary the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 (Clerks Award). The variation inserted a new Schedule 1 to the Clerks Award, which will expire on 30 June 2020, unless extended.  As noted in the FWC’s Determination, the variations ‘are aimed at preserving […]

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Have you ever wondered which employees are covered by the Miscellaneous Award 2010 (Miscellaneous Award)?  You are not alone.  After finding that the answer isn’t clear the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has released a draft update to the coverage clause[1] and has asked interested parties to lodge their submissions in response and evidence by 4 […]

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The Fair Work Commission’s review of modern awards has resulted in amendments to 23 awards that will impact on many employers. The new annualised wage clauses take effect from 1 March 2020, and potentially impose significant obligations on employers. You might need to take appropriate action before 1 March; please read our blog to see if […]

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The Fair Work Commission’s delayed four yearly review of Modern Awards is now moving into its final stages.  The Commission recently published: the first round of amendments, being ‘plain language’ variations to 21 Modern Awards, effective 30 August 2019; the first tranche of draft amended Modern Awards, with submissions on the drafts due 20 September 2019 and […]

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The Fair Work Commission (FWC), in its annual wage review, has decided to increase all award minimum rates of pay by 3% from 1 July 2019.  The new national minimum weekly wage will be $740.80. Unions had pushed for a 6% increase this year followed by a further 5.5% next year to provide for a […]

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