Advice for members
The ACA assists members with formal and informal advice in a range of areas relating to the business of architecture.
Changes to Your HR Obligations for the New Financial Year
The new financial year will bring a number of changes to laws and regulations affecting HR, including new obligations for employers.
Meeting Your Obligations in Relation to Redundancy
Peta Tumpey and Katie Simon outline the steps you need to go through as an employer to ensure you meet your obligations in relation to redundancy.
Unfair Dismissal Statistics
The Fair Work Commission has a new webpage showing the statistics for the “results and outcomes of applications for unfair dismissal remedy made under s.394 of the Fair Work Act 2009”.Link
Managing the Risk of Sexual Harassment
Implementing policies and staff training around harassment are important, but enforcement is crucial. Employers must be prepared to take direct action when required, advises employment law specialist Elizabeth Radley.
Your Business and the New Anti-Bullying Legislation
Michael Corrigan explains the changes to workplace laws on bullying and what you need to know.
Superannuation Changes in 2014
Cbus provides an update on changes to superannuation requirements in 2014.
New anti-bullying legislation focusses on how employers respond to allegations of bullying.
Can casual workers really just ask to become permanent?
A recent Fair Work decision about the right of casual workers to request permanency has raised many questions. Merilyn Speiser from Catalina Consultants provides the answers.
Employer Superannuation Obligations
All Australian businesses have responsibilities when it comes to superannuation. Cbus explains employers’ obligations and how Cbus can help.
We encourage all ACA members to ensure that their workplaces are safe for all. There are some excellent resources out there to help employers understand their obligations, and to develop the best processes, policies and culture.
Are you using SuperStream yet? The extended deadline for businesses with less than 20 employees to start using this ATO system is 28 October. Cbus provides a guide to help you get started.
A new decision by the Fairwork Commission means that redundancy payments should now be calculated with reference to previous casual employment as well as part-time and full-time service. Abraham Ash and Andrew McNair of Clayton Utz explain.
Reducing the Risk of General Protections Claims
The Fair Work Act 2009 contains a range of general protections available to employees against conduct that is discriminatory, unfair or unlawful. Peta Tumpey and Rae Mozejko, of TressCox Lawyers, set out what the general protections are and what employers can do to avoid claims being made in this jurisdiction.
Stopping Harassment in its Tracks
How does your practice address sexual harassment at work? Merilyn Speiser from Catalina Consultants offers a 10-step approach to keep your business harassment-free.
What is Reasonable Management Action?
An employee usually won’t succeed in an unfair dismissal or bullying claim if the conduct of their employer is considered ‘reasonable management action’. But what does that term mean? Merilyn Speiser from Catalina Consultants investigates.
Paid Parental Leave
Do you have systems in place for Paid Parental Leave? We provide an overview of your obligations.
Time off in Lieu - New Rules
A surprise decision by the Fair Work Commission now requires employers to calculate time off in lieu (TOIL) at a rate of 1.5 hours for each hour of overtime worked for employees being paid at the Award rates.
Legal Advice: Unpaid Internships
What are your obligations in terms of unpaid internships? Nick Ruskin from K&L Gates looks at the fine print.
Do internships provide a much-needed foot in the door and an opportunity to learn or are they exploitation? It all depends on the structure and policies in place, and the integrity with which they are supervised.