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Fair Work Act financial penalties raised

Late in 2012, Federal Parliament passed legislation to increase financial penalties for all Commonwealth offences, raising the value of a penalty unit from $110 to $170. Why is this important for employers? A person may be ordered to pay a penalty if they are found to have contravened the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). This…

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Employers to receive $1000 bonus for hiring mature-aged workers

Minister for Employment & Participation Kate Ellis, yesterday launched a new initiative to encourage businesses to hire more mature-aged workers. The Experience+ Jobs Bonus will provide a $1000 bonus to businesses who hire a new mature-aged candidate, as part of a program of incentives designed to assist mature-age workers find and keep work. The candidate must…

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New Year changes to the Fair Work Act

Following the passing of the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2012, a number of changes to the Fair Work Act will take place from 1 January 2013. To assist Catholic employers in understanding the impact of these changes, CCER has summarised those amendments most relevant to employers below. The most prominent change is an amendment to the…

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Parliamentary report calls for workplace bullying hotline

A parliamentary report into Workplace Bullying was tabled this week, with a series of recommendations to the Federal Government to tackle the issue. Amongst the recommendations is the establishment of a national service to provide practical advice on what constitutes bullying and how to deal with it, including a hotline for employers and employees to help…

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