Workplace bullying

Workplace bullying

Workplace bullying can only impact a business negatively. It is imperative to be on the ball and stringent in creating an open and inclusive work environment for all who come into contact with the business. According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, workplace bullying is defined as any repeated behaviour towards an individual or individuals by…

Changes to entitlements in some awards

Changes to entitlements in some awards

From 1 January 2018, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has made some changes to casual and part-time entitlements in some awards. The FWC introduced overtime rates for casual employees in many awards and changed how part-time hours can be worked in other awards. The following awards have changes: – Fast Food Award – Hair and…

Penalties for breaches imposed by financial services licensees

Penalties for breaches imposed by financial services licensees

Hefty penalties have been introduced in the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) obligations by ASIC for financial services licensees breaching best interests duty. A civil penalty of over $1 million was imposed on a Melbourne-based financial licensee by the Federal Court of Australia for failing to ensure representatives of the company remained compliant with the…

Loan or gift

Loan or gift?

Giving your children a helping hand financially seems like the right thing to do, but it can easily go awry without proper documentation. Providing money to your adult children can pose all kinds of risks, especially if it is not carefully documented and if your child’s circumstances change, for example, they become divorced. Without documentation,…

Sexual harassment and the workplace

Sexual harassment and the workplace

In a perfect world, sexual harassment would never occur, let alone in the workplace, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Sexual harassment, while it has reduced over the past decade due to a number of factors, still occurs in many workplaces. It is damaging to not only the individuals involved and their families, but…

Internships and unpaid work

Internships and unpaid work

Hiring an intern can bring about mutual benefits for the intern and your business, but you could be supporting an unlawful business relationship if you aren’t careful. According to Fair Work Australia, if an intern is performing certain roles, it could classify their position as one that facilitates an employment relationship between them and the…

Legalities of reaching settlement with the ATO

Legalities of reaching settlement with the ATO

If you find yourself in a position where you need to come to a settlement with the ATO, it is critical you understand the legalities behind the said settlement. Firstly, understand what a settlement is; an agreement between two parties, for instance, yourself or your business and the ATO. The purpose of the agreement is…

Legislation passed to protect vulnerable workers

Legislation passed to protect vulnerable workers

Vulnerable workers are set to receive better protection after the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 passed on 5 September. The Bill contains measures such as an increase in the maximum penalties for employers who deliberately flaunt the minimum wage and other entitlements under the Fair Work Act 2009. The new laws will…

New dispute resolution body introduced

New dispute resolution body introduced

As announced in the 2017 Federal Budget, the Government has created a new dispute resolution body – the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) which will come into force by 1 July 2018. The AFCA will merge the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) with the Credit and Investments Ombudsman and the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal. AFCA’s objective is…