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Shutting down over Christmas and New Year?
Many businesses shut down or run on skeleton staff over the Christmas and New Year period. How employees are paid over this period depends on the award or agreement they’re covered by and whether they're working or on leave.
New unpaid family & domestic violence leave entitlement in awards
From 1 August, most employees can take unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence, following a Fair Work Commission decision. Find out more about this new award clause.
2018 Annual Wage Review – our pay tools are ready
We’ve updated our pay tools following the Fair Work Commission’s decision to increase base rates of pay by 3.5%. The increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2018.
Small Business Showcase
We’re making it easier for small business owners to access information and resources on workplace laws with our Small Business Showcase.
Translate our website into 40 languages
You can now instantly translate our website into 40 languages other than English. Use our new translator to access up-to-date information about workplace rights and obligations in your language.
Changes to casual & part-time entitlements in some awards
On 12 December 2017, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) varied certain overtime rates and minimum shift entitlements for casual and part-time employees in several awards. These changes start from the firs ...
Changes to workplace laws for franchisors and holding companies
There have been recent changes to workplace laws that affect certain franchisors and holding companies. Find out what they are and if they apply to you.
Changes to help protect vulnerable workers
On 15 September 2017 the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 took effect. Find out what the changes are, who they affect and what they mean for you.
Changes to penalty rates in some awards
On 23 February 2017, the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision to vary certain penalty rates in some hospitality and retail modern awards.
Supporting working parents
The Australian Human Rights Commission launched a new website today to promote the understanding of rights and obligations in the workplace around pregnancy, parental leave and return to work.

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