Employment Law and Workplace Safety

Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 commences operation

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (Act) received royal assent on 14 September 2017. This means that the following changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 commenced from 15 September 2017: New and increased penalties for serious contraventions of workplace laws and record keeping obligations; New prohibitions against requiring an employee to…

FAN Conference 2017 – Important Event For Franchise Accountants And Operators

The Franchise Accountants Conference is a one-day event with speakers from The ACCC, The Fair Work Ombudsman, and experts in accounting and law.  MST Lawyers’ Principal, Alicia Hill will be speaking at the conference; providing an update for accountants on the legal aspects of franchising. This session will cover the following topics. The introduction of…

Prevention Is Better Than Cure: Prepare For The Incoming Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017

On Monday, 4 September 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 was successfully passed by the Senate, albeit with amendments.

The Bill is designed to, in certain circumstances, make franchisors and holding companies liable for the workplace relations breaches of their franchisees/subsidiaries.

With the expectation that the Bill will shortly become law, now is the time for franchisors to ensure their franchisees are complying with applicable workplace laws.

Employment Law Update — 1 July 2017 Key Thresholds

July 1 was the beginning of the new financial year; bringing with it new legislation. This article sets out key minimum wage and superannuation thresholds and other key figures relevant for workplace laws.