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National Minimum Wage increase

On 3 June 2024, the Fair Work Commission handed down its Annual Wage Review 2023-2024 decision and raised the National Minimum Wage and Award wages by 3.75%. Employers must pay the higher rates of pay from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 July 2024.

Can Performance Improvement Plans be bullying?

Employers or any level of management have the authority to take reasonable management action where an employee is not performing to their expected standard of performance. Despite this, the Fair Work Commission has considered whether performance improvement plans (PIPs), or the repeated application of them, could constitute workplace bullying.

Using AI recruitment tools

General protections from unlawful discrimination under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) apply to both employees and prospective employees. It is important to ensure that reliance on tools such as AI in recruitment processes do not infringe on the protections from discrimination that are afforded to prospective employees. The list of attributes that are protected …
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Fair Work amendments: independent contractor or employee?

In February 2024, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Act 2024 (the Act) re-introduced the “multifactorial” test for whether a worker is legally considered to be an independent contractor or an employee. That is, the Act requires an assessment of all of the circumstances of each work arrangement to be made in …
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