IR Omnibus Bill - The changes to casual employment

On 18 March 2021, the Senate passed a ‘stripped down’ version of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021, otherwise referred to as the ‘IR Omnibus Bill’. The Government dropped all other Schedules from the IR Omnibus Bill, with only Schedule 1 remaining, which addresses changes to casual employment.

These changes will have a significant impact on the legal status of casual employees in the national system.

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Termination of Employment: A Lawful and Ethical Approach

One of the most difficult aspects of workplace management is the termination of employment. This is an inevitable part of any employer’s business. However, a dismissal does not have to be affected in an adversarial or combative manner, and often, having a respectful conversation which allows the employee to preserve their dignity, can be the best protection against the issue escalating unnecessarily.

PCC Employment Lawyers has compiled a resource for employers to assist in navigating this process and minimise their legal risk.

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The Importance of Workplace Policies

Workplace policies are an essential tool for managing employees and can even act as a safeguard for employers when facing litigation. While their most crucial function is to set out what is acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace, policies can also produce the side benefit of creating a friendly and productive workplace environment.

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