• FCB Article: Managing Underperforming Employees

    By Ceri Hohner, Senior Associate at FCB Workplace Law

    Managing employees is time-consuming and can distract you from running your business. When you are required to manage an employee who is consistently underperforming, this additional work can quickly transform your day from manageable to manic. Here’s a refresher on managing difficult employees in a way which reduces your risk, and helps to focus on workforce productivity.

  • FCB Article: Annual Wage Review 2021

    On 16 June 2021, the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) Minimum Wage Panel handed down its long-anticipated decision on the annual wage review, setting the minimum wages for the next financial year.

    After months of considering evidence and submissions from stakeholders, including employer groups, unions and the Government, the FWC has made its determination for the minimum wage across the 2021-2022 financial year. The decision ensured an increase of 2.5% to the National Minimum Wage, effective from the first full pay period after 1 July 2021, which takes it up to $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour.

  • The Importance of Key Performance Indicators

    By Ceri Hohner, Senior Associate at FCB Workplace Law

    Key Performance Indicators, or ‘KPIs’, are a common tool used to manage employees, but unfortunately, they often get a bad rap from both managers and workers for being onerous, inappropriate, time-consuming to enforce and assess, or just one more acronym mistakenly spelt with an apostrophe (despite being a plural, not a possessive noun). So why do businesses still use them?

  • Recent Changes to Casual Employment

    By Ceri Hohner, Senior Associate at FCB Workplace Law

    The much-anticipated Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 (Bill) has passed Parliament and received Royal Assent. The Bill is a stripped-down and vastly reduced version of its original form which proposed reforms in five key areas which intended to overhaul the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). The only surviving element of the Bill which has made it into the FW Act are the amendments to casual employment arrangements.

    So, what has changed?