Independent contractor or employee?

The following extract is from the article Independent contractor, Labour Hire Worker or Employee? First published in the Wine & Viticulture Journal, November/December 2015. Author Sarah Hills EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR Just because a person wishes to be engaged as a contractor, has an ABN number and you enter into an agreement calling them an ‘independent […]

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New law protects small business from unfair contract terms

Has another business offered you a standard form contract? Or do you offer standard form contracts to other businesses? If so, you need to be aware of the new law that protects small businesses from unfair contract terms. Many businesses offer standard form contracts on a ‘take it or leave it’ basis where there is […]

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South Australian wine grape growers to go into arbitration with unions over working conditions

Source: The South Australian Wine Industry Association will follow through on a submission to the Fair Work Commission to change the modern award rate for casual employees working in the wine sector. The SA Wine Industry Association wants to halve the minimum engagement time casual employees are entitled to work, from four to two […]

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National workplace relations laws need to change, SAWIA chief

A submission from the wine industry to the Productivity Commission’s national workplace relations review has highlighted the need for comprehensive reforms to the federal workplace relations laws. The detailed submission prepared by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) in collaboration with the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) contains 22 recommendations. “We have identified a […]

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Restart Wage Subsidy may apply when hiring mature aged workers

Employers that provide jobs to people 50 years of age or older, could be eligible for financial assistance that can be used on anything they need to expand their business – from reskilling staff to investing in new equipment. The Restart Wage Subsidy provides an incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to employers if […]

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Superannuation guarantee delayed until 2021

Legislation was passed in September 2014 that will slow down the increase in the rate of Superannuation Guarantee from 9.5% to 12% by three years. The first incremental increase from 9.5% to 10% was scheduled to take place on 1 July 2018, but this has now been delayed until 1 July 2021. This means that […]

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A new Return to Work scheme for South Australia

From 1 July 2015 the existing WorkCover scheme will be replaced with the new Return to Work scheme. The Return to Work scheme will save South Australian employers at least $180 million every year. The focus of the Return to Work scheme is early intervention. This means if one of your employees has a work […]

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Launch of Safe Work Australia Month

On the 1st of October the Minister for Employment and Safety Ambassador Senator Eric Abetz officially launched Safe Work Australia Month and its feature event, the new Australian Strategy Work Health and Safety Virtual Seminar Series. The Virtual Seminar Series, to be held through Safe Work Australia Month in October, is a free online programme that […]

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When management is a bully

The Fair Work Act introduced new anti-bullying provisions at the start of the year. Here’s a reminder of what does and doesn’t constitute an offence by co-workers or, in particular, management. Source: HRMonline      

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Court pays out $1 million to worker for dismissal without reasonable notice

The NSW Supreme Court has awarded over $1 million to an employee who was dismissed without reasonable notice. Susanna Ma worked as an accounts manager for businesses related to logistics company Expeditors International for 24 years. Ma was 49 years old when she was dismissed and had an accounting team of more than 12 people reporting to […]

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