ARTICLES

Caution Necessary to Avoid Underpayment

An employee has been underpaid when the employer fails to pay them the minimum amounts including allowances, as set out in the relevant award or agreement. Incidences of underpayment are continually emerging, from big businesses such as ABC, Qantas, and Woolworths, as...

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Feed Additive Developed to Reduce Methane Emissions

An innovative new product to reduce livestock methane levels will soon be on the market. The product, known as Bovaer, is a powder feed additive that works by suppressing the enzyme responsible for methane production. It has been developed by Science-based company DSM...

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Dismissal for Refusing to Work Overtime Found to be Unfair

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has upheld an apprentice’s unfair dismissal claim after their employment was terminated for refusal to work overtime. The employee often worked overtime hours on weekends, however one Sunday he refused to work. The employer warned him...

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The Need for a Social Media Policy

An employer has been ordered to pay more than $28,000 in compensation to an employee who was held to have been unfairly dismissed over a social media incident. The case (Clint Remmert v Broken Hill Operations) involved an employee who posted comments on Facebook...

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New Digital Milk Market Changing the Industry

The recent launch of a national digital milk market, Milk Exchange, will create significant changes in the dairy industry. The new market platform was developed by Milk2Market in order to create a more transparent digital supply chain for milk and introduce more...

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Obligation to Consult Employees Prior to Dismissal

Generally, employers are required to engage in consultation prior to an employee’s dismissal, beyond perfunctory advice about what is occurring. However, in a recent decision the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found that there can exist specific circumstances that will...

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Beef Herd Reaches Record Low

Recent reports show that the national cattle herd has reduced to a record low of 25.5 million head. The number of cattle going to slaughter, particularly females has increased this year, which has raised some concerns about a diminishing breeding herd. Meat &...

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Supporting the Buy from the Bush Initiative

M+E is proud to support the buy from the bush campaign, which showcases creative products from regional businesses. The campaign was started by Grace Brennan to encourage consumers to support local businesses struggling in the drought. In only a short time the...

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Important Changes Relating to Discretionary Trust Duties

The State Revenue Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2019 (NSW) was introduced to State Parliament on 22 October 2019 to amend the legislation relating to duties and land tax. The Bill contains a number of significant changes, particularly in relation to discretionary...

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