Pay disputes; composite rate

Employers often strike agreements with employees to the effect that an employee will be paid an hourly rate. It is…

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How to check whether modern award applies

“The principal purpose test is well settled and was summarised in Carpenter v Corona Manufacturing 14: “In our view, in determining whether…

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Interpreting the coverage of modern awards

“‘Before turning to the specific grounds of appeal, it is useful to summarise the well settled principles to be applied…

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Modern award amendments

Changes to entitlements in most modern awards The following significant changes to minimum employment entitlements have recently been made by…

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Does an award apply to your employment?

There are various circumstances in which it is necessary to determine whether a modern award applies to employment. Self-evidently that…

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Award coverage; managers and supervisors

I am satisfied, on the basis of the evidence adduced in relation to the nature of the work that Ms…

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Masterclass; does an enterprise agreement or modern award apply?

The question whether a modern award or enterprise agreement applies to an employee’s employment is important for two reasons. The…

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Being bald is chic again; coverage of modern awards

For the key to this riddle please read on; “In TWU v Coles (2013) FCAFC 148 the Full Court of…

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Coverage of Mining Industry Award to employees in WA who have some supervisory functions

Many of my clients, employers, contractors and employees, operate in the mining industry in Western Australia. The construction phase of…

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Productivity and modern awards

The Fair Work Commission will this year commence a review of all modern awards for the purpose of testing them…

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