From 1 July 2018, employers with 20 or more employees will be required to comply with Single Touch Payroll reporting.
Two decisions handed down by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) last week dealt with employees dismissed for operating a business in competition with the employer. Both cases involved small business employers (i.e. employing fewer than 15 employees) and the FWC found in favour of the employer in each case.
In May 2017, the Queensland Government promised that mandatory licensing of labour hire companies would be introduced in 2018 in a bid to “crack-down on rogue operators who are exploiting and mistreating vulnerable workers”.
Employers should take note that, in Queensland, all FOUR days across the fast-approaching Easter weekend are gazetted public holidays. This means that, under the Modern Awards, all work performed on Good Friday, the day after Good Friday (Easter Saturday), Easter Sunday and Easter Monday will attract the designated public holiday penalty. In most instances, this penalty will be double time and a half which, in the case of casuals, will often be payable in addition to the casual loading.
An airline employee has lost his unfair dismissal claim in the Fair Work Commission after he was found to have made a sarcastic comment to a colleague before blocking the colleague from exiting a locker room, grabbing his shirt and pushing him into a locker. In a separate incident, the airline employee was found to have told the colleague, ‘It’s un-Australian if you don’t take sickies’ and if he didn’t like it he could ‘f… off back to his own country’.
The airline employee had an unblemished employment record but Commissioner Bissett said that was not a ‘free pass’ to an incident of misconduct. The Commissioner also found the employee had shown little remorse for his actions.
Gigney v Qantas Airways Limited T/A Qantas  FWC 1352
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ordered the reinstatement of a Darwin worker who was arrested and held in custody before being suspended without pay by his employer and eventually dismissed because of the absence.
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