On 11 September 2019 the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Work Test) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the “Bill”) was introduced to the House of Representatives. The Bill passed the Lower House on 19 September 2019 and was introduced to the Senate later on the same day. The Bill was initially introduced by the Hon Dan Tehan, Minister for Education, and proposes to amend the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 (Cth) (the “Act”).
A recentfrom the Fair Work Ombudsman (the “Ombudsman”) has revealed the employment watchdog has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court (the “Court”) against the operator of a Coffee Club outlet in Victoria, alleging two young workers were underpaid a total of more than $15,000 and that the company provided false records to Fair Work inspectors.
The Commonwealth Government has released a package of draft legislation, including a draft version of the Religious Discrimination Bill (the draft Bill) for public comment and submissions. The legislation was drafted in response to the Report of the Religious Freedom Review (the Review) which was released by the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General on 13 December 2018. The Review made several recommendations and concluded that there was:
On 15 August 2019, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA, (the Minister) introduced the Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) into the ACT Assembly. The key purpose of the Bill according to the Minister's media release is to “enhance the independence, transparency, accountability and scrutiny of WorkSafe ACT”.
In a recent, the Fair Work Ombudsman (the “FWO”) has announced that a day spa operation has back-paid $65,939.87 to 13 employees after admitting he made unlawful deductions from their salary and under-paid penalty rates and annual leave entitlements in contravention of both the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the “FW Act”) and the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010. Sea One North Pty Ltd (trading as Endota Spa Sydney), is a franchisee of Endota (No 1) Pty Ltd, (trading as Endota Spa), which markets itself as Australia’s largest day spa and employs over 1,000 employees in over 100 spas. The affected employees were foreign nationals from various countries including Poland, Ireland, Britain and Japan.
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