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REMINDER: Part-day Public Holiday proposed for Christmas Eve in Qld

Employers are reminded that, as discussed in the August 2019 edition of this newsletter, Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, is proposing to amend the Holidays Act 1983 to provide for 6pm – midnight on Christmas Eve to be classified as a gazetted public holiday. Similar provisions for part-day public holidays currently exist in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

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Government’s independent review to examine compulsory super

In September, the Federal Government announced its intention to commission an independent review of the ‘retirement income system’. The Government says the review, which will look at the three pillars of the existing retirement income system, being the Age Pension, compulsory superannuation and voluntary savings, “will cover the current state of the system and how it will perform in the future as Australians live longer and the population ages”.

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Belated baby bonus for pregnant bottle-o employee sacked over ‘bad look’

After a two year wait, an employee who was sacked by a tavern in far-north Queensland – essentially, because she was pregnant at the time – has been awarded tens of thousands in compensation with the Federal Circuit Court finding there was “no doubt” her dismissal breached the general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act).

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‘Request’ for flexible working arrangements not akin to ‘demand’: FWC

A medical receptionist has failed in her bid to convince the Fair Work Commission (FWC) she was constructively dismissed when her employer was unable to grant her exact request for flexible working arrangements, with Commissioner Jennifer Hunt clarifying that employees are not entitled to “demand” particular working hours/days when raising such a request with their employer.

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Preference for ‘Asian staff’ costs Employer $12K

A long-term casual shop assistant has been awarded in excess of $10,000 compensation for her dismissal earlier this year, which the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found to be “disgraceful and grossly unfair” and likely impinged upon anti-discrimination laws which could leave the employer open to “other civil proceedings, for which civil penalties might apply”.

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