First news of course is the increase to the minimum wage as of July 1.
Please make sure you keep up to date with the new pay rates for your award that will be released soon after July 1.
If you currently pay above award wages, it will be worth checking how much this latest increase to minimum wages closes the gap to your over award rates.
Also remember that changes have been made to penalty rates and you need to keep yourself up to date with the change and the timing for your industry. AN article of interest http://www.hcamag.com/hr-news/penalty-rate-changes–what-you-need-to-know-237188.aspx
The second issue is a decision regarding return to work that according to the Victorian Chamber has “split” the Commission.
You can find the article here http://www.victorianchamber.com.au/policy-and-advocacy/news/news-articles/2017/06/08/return-work-decision-splits-fair-work-commission
Without restating the contents of the article, it highlights the complexities of managing injured employees with long term rehabilitation requirements and their return to work.
In this case it seems that conflicting decisions were made by Fair Work and the intricacies of employers managing long term employee health issues.
Three key lessons to learn from this case:
1. Each case before Fair Work is evaluated on it’s individual merits and details
2. Employers need to manage employee health and it is wise to get expert advice
3. An ability to fulfill the inherent requirements of a role is what all employees need to be able to demonstrate.