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Fair Work Minimum Wage Increase Decision for 2024

The Fair Work Commission has released its 2024 Annual Minimum Wage Decision, awarding a 3.75% increase to the national minimum wage rate and to award rates of pay. An estimated 2.6 million workers around the country will be affected by the change. The FWC decision increases the national minimum wage to $915.91 per week – or $24.10 an hour. This constitutes…
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Closing the Loopholes No 2 – Gig Contractor Changes and Unfair Contract Terms

This is the fourth and last article in our Closing the Loopholes No 2 series. In this article we will discuss two more of the major changes to workplace legislation. The first being changes for employee-like workers and the second being changes to how unfair contract terms are dealt with. Both of these changes will come into effect from 26…
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Closing the Loopholes (No.2) – Casual Employment and Independent Contractors

This is the third article in our Closing the Loopholes No 2 series. In this article we will discuss two more of the major changes to workplace legislation. The first being changes to Casual Employment and the second being changes to the definition of employee. Both of these changes will come into effect from 26 August 2024. Casual Employment The…
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Closing the Loopholes (No.2) – The Right to Disconnect

This is the second article in our Closing the Loopholes No 2 series. In this article we will discuss one of the major changes to workplace legislation being the Right to Disconnect. The Right to Disconnect comes into effect on 26 August 2024 for medium/large businesses and 26 August 2025 for small businesses (less than 15 employees). The right to…
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Closing the Loopholes (No.2) – Introduction and Timeline

Comprehensive Reform in Australian Workplace Relations The Closing Loopholes No. 2 legislation, which passed Parliament last month, received Royal Assent on 26 February 2024. These legislative amendments aim to rectify existing gaps in the law, fostering a more equitable and just working environment. In this article series we will give employers an overview of what the changes are and how…
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Employee was not “forced to resign” because the employer gave him “false hope”

Willetts v BUMA Australia Pty Ltd [2024] FWC 277 (1 February 2024) Facts The employee resigned in August 2023 when his application to his employer for an excavator role was rejected. The employee raised bullying complaints and filed a general protections application involving constructive dismissal, arguing that he was forced to resign. The employer’s objection was that the employee voluntarily…
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