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Fundamentals: Employment + Workplace Relations (2020/2021)

  The Vincent Young Employment + Workplace Relations team has updated its Employment + Workplace Relations Guide to reflect the changes for this financial year. Download your copy below.     If you would like to discuss this further and the implications for your business please contact our Employment + Workplace Relations Partner, Erin Lynch. …
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Introduction of new law relating to serious defects and issuance of occupation certificates

Introduction The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW) (Act) was assented to on 10 June 2020 and will commence on 1 September 2020. The Act applies retrospectively and significantly impacts residential projects delivery, completion, developer cash flow and contractors risks. Developers (you) must note these changes and take relevant measures to …
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National Minimum Wage and Modern Award Wages increase by 1.75%

Each year the Annual Wage Review is undertaken by an Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission (Panel). National Minimum Wage This year, the Panel has determined to increase the National Minimum Wage (NMW) by 1.75%. From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2020, the NMW will be $753.80 per week …
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NSW defect reform | 10 year retrospective duty of care introduced

The Building and Design Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (Act) has commenced. The Act is part of the wider suite of reforms the NSW Government is introducing following recommendations made in the 2018 Shergold and Weir Building Confidence Report. Duty of care on builders The Act creates a statutory duty of care on residential builders to owners of …
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Is your casual workforce really casual? The answer might be no.

A recent decision by the Full Federal Court has found that an employee who was employed by a labour hire business as a casual and paid as a casual, was in fact “other than a casual employee” for the purposes of: section 86 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) – dealing with …
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