On 18 March 2021, Parliament passed the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 minus a number of provisions that were proposed in the first reading version of the Bill. Key amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 as a result of the Bill surround the imposition of an obligation on employers to make an offer to convert casual employees to permanent employees if certain criteria are met. The Bill therefore has wide reaching implications for employers of casual staff.
The recent high-profile case involving underpayment of award entitlements by the Macquarie Bank gives a timely reminder of the importance (and legality) of written set-off clauses in common law contracts and other legitimate set-off options.
By James Sanders, Associate and Jennifer Sung, Lawyer On 9 December 2020, the Morrison Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (Bill). The Bill proposes significant reform of existing industrial relations law to assist Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, creating greater certainty and increased flexibility for both employers…
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.