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An action taken by an employer, employee, contractor or industrial association, which may be unlawful depending on the reason for the action. For example dismissing an employee for taking industrial action.

An all purpose allowance is an allowance that is added to an employees’ hourly rate.

Additional payment made to employees for doing certain tasks, working in certain locations, using a special skill or for expenses incurred for doing their job.

Annual leave allows an employee to be paid while having time off from work. Other known term: holiday pay.

Annual leave loading is an additional amount that’s paid to some employees when they take annual leave. This doesn’t apply to all employees and depends on what the award or registered agreement says. Other known term: leave loading.

A review made by the Fair Work Commission on the national minimum wage and pay rates in awards. Any changes that are made begin on the first full pay period on or after 1 July.

An apprentice is an employee who learns their trade or profession while working for an employer under a special training contract.

A formal legal process conducted by the Fair Work Commission for workplace disputes. It involves hearing witnesses and considering evidence. The Commission then issues a final and legally-binding decision.

Associated entities are businesses or other bodies that are connected to each other in some way. For example, when 1 business owns or controls the other business for the purpose of a transfer of business. Section 50AAA of the Corporations Act provides a full definition.

An award is a legal document that outlines the wages and conditions of employment for employees that are covered by it within a particular industry or occupation. Other known term: modern award.

Types of employees who are not covered by an award or a registered agreement.

The minimum pay rate an employee is entitled to under an award.