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Not so sunny in the Sunshine State for unlicensed labour hire providers The Queensland government passed new laws recently to promote the integrity of the labour hire industry and protect workers from exploitation by providers of labour hire services. On 13 September 2017, the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (Qld) (LHL Act) took effect.  The LHL Act establishes a new licensing scheme to regulate the provision of labour hire services in Queensland. What does the…

A recent unfair dismissal decision contains key lessons for employers when managing employee use (and abuse) of work-related devices. In this case the employer terminated the Applicant’s employment for failure to comply with a direction to repay a debt of $15,000 – being personal phone charges incurred on a work phone. The Facts The employer issued the Applicant with a work mobile phone. In late 2014, the employer detected that the Applicant’s use of the…

The Fair Work Commission’s panel for annual wage reviews released its Annual Wage Review 2014-2015 decision yesterday, 2 June 2015. The decision provides that minimum award wages will increase across the board by 2.5% effective 1 July 2015. This decision will result in the following increases to the Federal minimum wage rates: Weekly minimum wage: from $640.90 to $656.90 (increase of $16), Hourly minimum rate: from $16.87 to $17.29 (increase of 42c). Otherwise, the…

A new Federal Bill, the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Penalty Unit) Bill 2015, is proposed to amend the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) to increase the value of a penalty unit for Commonwealth criminal offences, and will impact upon penalties which can be ordered by a Court under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the FW Act) for breaches of workplace laws. A “penalty unit” under the FW Act has the meaning given by section 4AA of…