IMPORTANT AWARD VARIATION – ALL MODERN AWARDS – WORKPLACE DELEGATE RIGHTS 

Effective 1 July 2024, all modern awards include a delegates’ rights clause. The clause notes that an employer is taken to have complied with their obligations to afford the General Protections entitlements if the employer has complied with the modern award clause.  An additional clause concerning the interaction of the delegates rights clause with other clauses […]

NSW INTRODUCES TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR INDUSTRIAL MANSLAUGHTER OFFENCES

The NSW Government has introduced the offence of industrial manslaughter, which allows for a maximum penalty of 25 years jail for an individual and $20 million in fines for a body corporate. The industrial manslaughter laws will allow for a business or individual to be held responsible for the death of a person due to […]

TTIA MEMBER BRIEFINGS

The Albanese Labor Government’s latest workplace laws are now a reality we need to understand and manage the changes irrespective of how one-sided they may seem to business.  TTIA will be running crucial face to face seminars to give Members an opportunity to be aware of your rights as an employer.  This seminar will, in particular, […]

ANNUAL WAGE REVIEW – DECISION

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced an increase of 3.75% to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and all Minimum Modern Award wage rates, effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2024. TTIA will provide a comprehensive summary and will send out updated summary sheets to Members in due course. […]

FIRST WORKPLACE MANSLAUGHTER CONVICTION: LARGE FINE FOR BUSINESS

An ill-judged decision that caused the death of a young employee has resulted a small business with a $1.3m fine. A court found that the sole director must pay $120,000 compensation to the family and complete two years’ unpaid community work. Members will have received a WHS alert regarding this topic.

IR AGENT’S CONDUCT SPURS FWC INTO ACTION 

If there was ever a case that highlights the importance of being a Member of a registered employer association under the Fair Work Act, like TTIA, for your IR/Legal representation, this is it! An agent’s ‘misleading and unethical’ behaviour has sparked moves by the FWC to regulate the conduct of agents who represent dismissed employees.  […]

Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No.2) Act 2024 

TTIA has today circulated to Members, by email, a summary of the latest IR changes passed by Parliament on 12 February. The Loopholes No. 2 Act amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (C’th) and related legislation in relation to casual employment; enterprise bargaining; workplace delegates’ rights; right to disconnect, sham contracting; underpayment of wages; the definition of employment; […]

LIMITATIONS ON USING FIXED TERM CONTRACTS

From 6 December 2023, there are rules (called limitations) about using fixed term contracts; also employers must give employees they are engaging on a new fixed term contract a Fixed Term Contract Information Statement (FTCIS). Members will receive the relevant information by circular on 5 December.

ARE EMPLOYEES REQUIRED TO WEAR A HARNESS AND FALL RESTRAINT WHILE WORKING IN A SCISSOR LIFT? 

Falls from heights are a major cause of fatalities and serious injuries. What are the rules for working in scissor lifts? Should employers provide fall restraints for workers?  WHS legislation requires that the risk of falls is identified, eliminated, or minimised.  Tasks using equipment such as elevated work platforms require extra attention.  The task needs to be assessed by determining: If it is […]

ANNUAL SHUTDOWN: HOW TO GET IT RIGHT

If Members are intending to close over the Christmas/New Year period, then it’s time to start planning. An employer is usually required to give a specified period of notice to close a business for a period of annual leave which is only one of the important points to note. Members will have received an email today explaining […]

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