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Sick Leave for Casual Employees

On 23 November 2020, the Victorian Government announced that $5 million would be allocated in its 2020/21 budget towards the Secure Work Pilot Scheme. It is proposed that casual workers in sectors with high rates of casualisation, such as cleaners, hospitality, security, supermarket and aged care, will be entitled to take up to 5 days of paid sick and carer’s leave each year, paid at the national minimum wage.

Important Junior Rate Changes to the Retail Award

By Renee Karakinos, Lawyer The Fair Work Commission Full Bench has formed a provisional view to vary clause 17.2 of the General Retail Industry Award 2020 (Retail Award) to limit the application of junior rates. There are currently 8 classifications under the Retail Award and each classification is subject to junior percentages. Moving forward, if…

Update: Introduction of Flexible Parental Leave Post COVID-19

By Renee Karakinos, Lawyer On 16 June 2020, the Federal Government passed the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Act 2020 which amends the paid parental leave scheme, enabling greater flexibility for eligible working parents in how they take their paid parental leave (PPL). Furthermore, on 3 September 2020, the Federal Government introduced the Fair…

Upcoming Penalty Rate Changes In The General Retail Industry Award 2010

By Renee Karakinos, Lawyer On 1 October 2018, the Fair Work Commission, as part of its 4-year modern award review, made a decision to amend evening, Saturday and Sunday penalty rates under the General Retail Industry Award 2010 (Award).  The original decision can be accessed here. MST Lawyers had previously published an article (link to…