What are my redundancy rights?

The ASU receives many enquiries from members who are facing the prospect of being made redundant (or retrenched). Being retrenched can be a very unpleasant process which can be emotionally and psychologically draining but the ASU can assist you in dealing with a redundancy and whether it is being or has been done an appropriate…

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Update: New bullying legislation

Since 1 January 2014 the Fair Work Commission, under new legislation introduced by the former Gillard Government, has been able to deal with complaints regarding bullying at the workplace. The powers of the Commission enable it to conciliate between the parties. If that cannot be achieved, it can then make necessary orders in relation to…

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Compulsory medical examinations at work

The ASU has recently had a number of enquiries from members being forced to attend medical examinations conducted by a medical practitioner of the employer’s choice. Some employers have also sought more detailed information from the employee’s medical practitioner regarding the nature of the employee’s sick leave. The particular issues raised have been different depending…

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ANAO Superannuation Audit

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is currently seeking the views of ASU members to gauge the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in ensuring employers comply with their Superannuation Guarantee obligation payments to employees.. There are many instances when employers fail to make regular payments, and put members’ entitlements at risk. For example,…

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The review of Workplace Relations and what it means for me

The Abbott Government recently announced they would ask the Productivity Commission to conduct a review of Australia’s ‘workplace relations framework’. We’ve been asked by many members what this actually means.  Simply put, it means the Abbott Government is seeking to have the Commission review the laws and the Federal Government institutions that oversee these laws…

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Reasonable hours of work and overtime

The ASU has been dealing with a number of enquiries regarding hours and reasonable overtime. The queries have mainly come from individuals who have an individual contract as part of their conditions of employment. Some of these employees on individual contracts are also not covered by either an Enterprise Agreement or Award usually because of…

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Minimum Award rates increase

Each year the Fair Work Commission reviews all the pay rates and allowance payments under all of the Awards and makes the adjustments as it deems necessary or fair. For 2015 all Award wages have been adjusted by 2.5% as well as the national minimum wage which is now $17.29 an hour. This is effective…

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Back to work from maternity or parental leave?

The ASU receives many queries and often participates in disputes around members returning to work from maternity leave who are seeking flexible working arrangements in order they can juggle work and family commitments. Under the Fair Work Act 2009 provisions exist to enable such employees to request flexible work arrangements which the employer can reject…

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