Restrictions on FWC Power to Reduce Redundancy Entitlements

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) have clarified that the FWC has no power to reduce redundancy entitlements provided for in industry-specific redundancy schemes under modern awards. Section 120 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (‘the Act’) grants the FWC...

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Positive Outlook for NSW Winter Harvest

Forecasters have expressed great optimism as the Winter crop harvest commences in New South Wales. It is predicted that Australia’s overall production will increase by 60% compared with last year. Remarkably, the Winter crop production in New South Wales is expected...

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Legislative Reform on Small Business Insolvency

The Federal Government have released draft legislation which reforms small business insolvency practices. The bill has been drafted in anticipation of a wave of insolvencies in 2021 as temporary relief measures brought in during the COVID-19 pandemic come to an end....

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FWC Ruling on Redundancy Issues in the Pandemic

In a recent decision the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found that an employee who had been made redundant was unfairly dismissed within the meaning of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (‘the Act’). The FWC firstly established that the dismissal was not a genuine redundancy as...

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ACCC Inquiry into Perishable Agricultural Goods Supply Chain

On 28 August Treasurer Josh Frydenberg MP directed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to conduct an inquiry into the markets for the supply of perishable agricultural goods. One of the main focuses of the inquiry will be the distribution of...

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When can an employee “cash out” annual leave?

In 2016 the Fair Work Commission introduced provisions into most modern awards, which enable employees to request that their annual leave entitlements be cashed out. However, an employee cannot cash out annual leave if it will result in the employee’s remaining...

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