Fairwork Award Updates

Changes to Modern Awards

The Fair Work Commission has varied a number of awards as part of its Modern Award Review. The changes affect rules on termination of employment and a number of other clauses.

All changes apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2018.

Updated copies of the awards are available via the list of awards at fairwork.gov.au.

Termination of Employment

Employers are now required to pay an employee’s wages and all other entitlements, within 7 days of the end of their employment.

Changes to notice of termination rules mean an employer can deduct up to 1 week’s wages if an employee over 18 years resigns without  giving enough notice. Employers cannot deduct wages from employees under the age of 18 for not giving notice.

Other Clauses

The following clauses have also been varied:

  • Consultation and major workplace change.
  • Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work.
  • Dispute resolution.
  • Individual flexibility arrangements.

To ensure you are up to date and complying with these changes, check you award now!

If you would like any assistance in this area please contact your Accountant on 03 5833 3000.

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