Payroll & Employment

MINIMUM WAGE HIKE: HEDGING THE INFLATION BET

The Fair Work Commission has announced its decision, and minimum wage and award wages will increase in Australia by 3.75 per cent, from 1 July, Australia’s economic outlook is improving, but challenges remain. After considering a range of factors, the FWC has increased the national minimum wage to $24.10 per hour. For a full-time, 38-hour […]

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EMPLOYEE MANAGEMENT AND THE LAW

Australian employment law covers aspects of managing employee behaviour, including disclosure and privacy obligations, and the rights of a business to carry out surveillance. Employment privacy laws in Australia are complex and there are many ways employee privacy can be compromised. The legislation covers the numerous employee privacy issues, from records and information, to physical

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FAIR WORK LAWS ‘CLOSING LOOPHOLES’

The Federal Government has announced its amendment to the Fair Work Legislation, known as the ‘Closing Loopholes’ No.2 Bill, heralding significant changes for staff and employers in hospitality. Changes to the legislation passed both Houses in February. They include new laws around intractable bargaining powers, multi-enterprise agreements, casual employment, and the definition of an employee.

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HOSPITALITY LEADING THE WAY IN FEMALE AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

The global travel and tourism sector is increasingly providing women and young people employment opportunities, according to new research published by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Initiated by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism and together with the Sustainable Tourism Global Centre (STGC), the WTTC has produced the first analysis of the sector globally,

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WELDBOROUGH PUB PULLS APPLICANTS WITH ‘VIRAL’ SOCIAL MEDIA POST

A pub in a Tasmanian tourist town has solved its staffing crisis with a social media post with a twist, calling for “high achieving” workers, or thereabouts. Late November the Weldborough Hotel posted that it was looking for staff with “proven experience in a high pressure environment, ideally with references from Gordon Ramsay or Heston

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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS BILL AMENDMENTS PRAISED AS ‘GREATER CERTAINTY’

Amendments to the Federal Government’s ‘Closing the Loopholes’ industrial relations bill have been welcomed by industry as providing greater certainty for legions of casual workers and their employers. The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) voiced concerns with the original Bill, posing that some workers were happy with being casuals but that employers would no longer be

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HOSPITALITY TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Societal norms and the labour market are evolving rapidly, and it’s more important than ever for hospitality businesses – on the public coalface – to embrace diversity and inclusivity. The terms Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are really two different concepts often used interchangeably. Diversity takes into account the range of human differences, such as age,

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