Employment Law and Workplace Safety

Is Your Business Ready For Single Touch Payroll?

From 1 July 2018, it will be mandatory for “substantial” employers, those with 20 or more employees, to start reporting their employees’ payroll information to the ATO through Single Touch Payroll.

Now is the time to start thinking about how this will impact your business.

How Ordinary And Customary Turnover Of Labour Affects Redundancy Entitlements

The recent Federal Court decision involving a subsidiary of Spotless Management Services clarifies the circumstances of when the redundancy pay exception for ordinary and customary turnover of labour applies.

Employers must demonstrate that the decision to terminate an employee’s employment with based on their labour turnover was “common and usual, and a matter of long-continued practice” for their business.

There Is No Such Thing As Being “Off The Clock”

The Fair Work Commission has upheld the dismissal of an employee who used social media to share a pornographic video with coworkers. The decision highlights how employees can discipline their staff for conduct engaged in outside of working hours.

Penalised Union Official Prevented From Accepting Union Contributions To Pay Court fines

By majority, the High Court has ruled that Courts can make an order under s.546 of the Fair Work Act for a union official not seek or accept indemnity or contribution from the union in respect of a pecuniary penalty imposed on the union official.  The High Court tackled the practical challenge of enforcing such an order by effectively warning union officials that they could be punished for contempt or imprisoned if they do.  A big win for the ABCC against militant unions.