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Closures due to catastrophic bushfires

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As the summer months are getting closer, we are facing raging bushfires that have sadly already taken lives and hundreds of homes. A state of emergency has been declared with some schools, businesses and other services already having closed down, with more to follow given the “catastrophic” conditions forecast for tomorrow. A number of members…

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Are Fair Work claims rising?

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According to the Fair Work Commission’s annual report unfair dismissals comprise about 45% of all applications. The total number of claims (just under 14,000) is similar to recent years with about 80% being successfully conciliated. The most significant trend is a continuing increase in the number of general protection claims. The number increased by 9%…

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Important Update: Changes to the Aged Care Award

In a decision issued on 18 October 2019, the Fair Work Commission made changes to the Aged Care Award 2010 (the Award) varying classifications and minimum engagement provisions from the first full pay period (FFPP) on or after 25 October 2019. The decision to vary the Award also includes amendments to casual weekend and public…

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FWC UPDATE: Casual penalty rates increases under SCHADS Award deferred!

Recently CCER advised members that casuals covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SCHADS Award) will receive a major pay increase when working overtime, weekends, and public holidays (See CCER article: ‘News: Casual Penalty Rates to Increase Under SCHADS Award’. In a decision issued on 2 September 2019 (the…

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