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Termination by TXT – Navigating Employee Terminations in the Electronic Age

What does the Fair Work Commission have to say about this? Terminating an employee is never easy and can be an uncomfortable experience for both employer and employee. With the rise in the use of technology and working from home arrangements largely required in response to the COVID-19 lockdowns, many employers have taken to using …

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Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs)

What are they and why they are important to get right What is a Performance Improvement Plan? A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a document given to an employee outlining deficiencies in their performance and setting out specific goals to address failures and improve any conduct related issues. Getting Them Right & Why it is …

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I want to Quit… How Much Notice do I Need to Give?

What is Notice and How much do I need to give? A notice period is the length of time you must give your employer to bring your employment agreement to an end. Your required notice period will ordinarily be set out in your employment agreement or applicable modern award, industrial instrument, or registered agreement. For …

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Modern Awards – What Are They? Do They Apply to Me?

What is a Modern Award? The first Modern Awards were created following an extensive review of industries and working conditions conducted by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and came into existence on 1 January 2010 (subject to some phase-in provisions). There are currently 121 Modern Awards now overseen by the Fair Work Commission who are …

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Contractor or Employee? 

Companies often express a desire to engage workers as contractors, not employees. The economic benefits to any company in engaging contractors rather than employees can be substantial. Many companies, whether intentional or not, engage in ‘sham contracting’ or ‘disguised employment’ which is to engage a worker who is, for all intents and purposes, an employee …

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