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REMINDER: Xmas Eve declared part-day Public Holiday in Queensland

On 27 November, during the final parliamentary sitting week for 2019, Queensland Parliament passed legislation to amend the Holidays Act 1983 to provide for 6pm – midnight on Christmas Eve to be classified as a gazetted public holiday across the State. This part-day public holiday applies across all industries, to all businesses.

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Limited number of revamped Modern Awards operative from February 2020

It is hard to believe, but the 4 Yearly Review of the Modern Awards which commenced way back in 2014, continues to trundle along before the Fair Work Commission (FWC). There are signs though, that the process is likely to reach a conclusion in 2020, with around 30 re-vamped Modern Awards released and scheduled to come into force from February.

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Casual’s employment not “automatically terminated” by 7-week overseas holiday

A casual medical receptionist whose employment ended following her notified absence on seven weeks’ leave for an extended overseas holiday, has been awarded over $8,000 in compensation with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) finding she was summarily and unfairly dismissed, rather than her employment having “automatically terminated” after three weeks absence as the employer mistakenly believed.  

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2020 Queensland Public Holiday Calendar

Subscribers, login to your online account, go to ‘Fact Sheets’ and scroll down to the ‘Pay’ subheading to download a handy PDF list of the 2020 Public Holidays for Queensland (updated to include the new Christmas Eve part-day Public Holiday).

Missed the update about the Christmas Eve part-day Public Holiday? See our related article here.