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The Fair Work Commission announced a 5.2% National Minimum Wage increase for FY22/23

Authors:  Chao Ni, Principal & James Sanders, Senior Associate The Fair Work Commission minimum wage panel decision of 15 June 2022 announced a 5.2% increase to the National Minimum Wage. The decision lifts the national minimum wage from $20.33 per hour ($772.60 per week) to $21.38 per hour ($812.60 per week) from 1 July 2022….

What to expect for workplace law reform under the Albanese-led Government

Author:  Chao Ni, Principal With the Albanese-led Australian Labor Party (ALP) securing a majority Parliament following the 2022 federal election, we look backwards at the ALP’s “Secure Australian Jobs Plan” as an indicator of potential workplace and industrial relations changes heading into the future. The ALP’s IR policy heading into the 2022 federal election had…

Time to start budgeting for the 1 July 2022 wage and superannuation increases

By Chao Ni, Principal, MST Lawyers With the topic of minimum wages front and centre of the Federal Election campaign, businesses should start budgeting for the upcoming 1 July changes to: The national minimum wage (NMW); and The minimum superannuation guarantee rate. The NMW and Modern Award Minimum Wage Rates The Fair Work Commission makes…

Federal Court clears QANTAS for stand down employees during pandemic

On the 1 April 2022, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision in the case of Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association v Qantas Airways Limited [2022] FCAFC 50. This case concerns the validity of the standing down of Qantas and Jetstar aircraft engineers during the period of limited air travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.