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Australia’s Modern Slavery Act came into force on 1 January 20191..  This Act establishes a modern slavery reporting requirement.  Australian entities and foreign entities carrying on business in Australia are required to submit Modern Slavery Statements specifying the actions they have taken to address modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains.  Statements must be provided for every twelve-month period that the reporting entity has annual revenue of at least AUS $100 million. Modern…

Minimum wages to increase by 3.3% The Fair Work Commission’s panel for annual wage reviews released its Annual Wage Review 2016-2017 decision on 1 July 2017. The decision provides that minimum award wages will increase across the board by 3.3% effective 1 July 2017. This decision will result in the following increases to the Federal minimum wage rates: Weekly minimum wage: from $672.70 to $694.90 (increase of $22.20), Hourly minimum rate: from $17.70 to $18.29…

The Fair Work Commission has ordered a former cabin crew supervisor to pay his ex-employer’s legal costs after rejecting settlement offers and then losing his unfair dismissal claim. The case provides a useful illustration of an employer successfully recouping costs under Fair Work Act provisions where an employee has rejected a reasonable offer to settle.

In today’s workplace, the right to flexibility at work is not only protected by both federal and state laws, but notions such as “flexible work practices” and “work – life balance” are commonly pitched by employees in their increasing requests for flexible working arrangements. As a general rule, employers can only reject an employee’s request for flexible working arrangements on “reasonable business grounds”, which is now helpfully defined in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)…