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Casual hours take on new meaning for businesses when making staff redundant after Fair Work ruling

A recent Fair Work Commission ruling means Australian employers may now have to take casual work into account when calculating redundancy payments, making record keeping...
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Deliveroo UK strike win shows gig workers can subvert the rules too

By Michael Walker, University of Technology Sydney and Sarah Kaine, University of Technology Sydney The standoff between couriers of food delivery service Deliveroo in the UK...
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Does anybody really know what time it is? Drafting fixed-term employment contracts

Fixed-term employment contracts are useful for employers who need to manage a workforce when personnel requirements are uncertain or may change - for example,...

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Who’s gonna drive you home? Ridesharing and procedural fairness at work

Fairness is a term ingrained in the Australian workplace relations system. At the core of our federal industrial relations framework is the Fair Work Act...

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What your business needs to know about the minimum wage increase

The Fair Work Commission has lifted the minimum wage by 2.4%, with Australia’s minimum wage workers now entitled to be paid $672.70 an week,...
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What has happened to collective bargaining since the end of WorkChoices?

Mark Bray, University of Newcastle and Johanna Macneil, University of Newcastle The Rudd government came to power in 2007 with a mandate for industrial relations...
Fair Work giving employers and workers “different answers” on pay and conditions: Eric Abetz

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Fair Work giving employers and workers “different answers” on pay and conditions: Eric Abetz

  Federal employment minister Eric Abetz has acknowledged the frustration felt by many small business owners when it comes to employee wages and entitlements,...
Business groups warn against transferable long service leave entitlements

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Business groups warn against transferable long service leave entitlements

  One in four small businesses in Victoria say the introduction of a portable long service leave scheme could force them to reduce staff...
Abetz OK with Hutchinson firing workers by text message but lawyer says it’s not a great idea

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Abetz OK with Hutchinson firing workers by text message but lawyer says it’s not a great idea

  Sacking a worker via a text message or email can be justified in particular circumstances, according to Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz. After...
Average unfair dismissal claim costs businesses $13,500: Productivity Commission flags “no-fault dismissal” but quickly backs away

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Average unfair dismissal claim costs businesses $13,500: Productivity Commission flags “no-fault dismissal” but quickly backs away

  Introducing a “no-fault” dismissal system into the Australian workplace relations system would save employers and the government thousands of dollars a year, according...
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Resources boom sets Australia apart from struggling US: Economy roundup

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Economic events over the last couple of days have provided some compelling evidence of the widening divergence in conditions between the US and Australian...

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