How to avoid underpaying your staff.

How to avoid underpaying your staff.

The start of 2020 has seen some of the biggest names such as Bunnings, Woolworths, Target, Crust and Qantas to come under fire for underpaying their staff, totalling at least $300 million to be back paid to staff. Since the announcement of these mistakes, the biggest...
Sham Contract Warning

Sham Contract Warning

Federal court proceedings against a Queensland-based transport company has unveiled a sham contract warning for small businesses from The Fairwork Ombudsman. The transport company had disguised employees and misclassified four of their delivery drivers to underpay and...
Stadium cleaners underpaid just under $100,000

Stadium cleaners underpaid just under $100,000

Melbourne’s Etihad stadium had a surprise visit from Fair Work Inspectors resulting in action against the venue’s then principal cleaning contractors. Fair Work Inspectors have found after investigation the group of contractors have underpaid just under $100,000 to...
6 important changes for 2020!

6 important changes for 2020!

The trend of 2019 was described as, the year of wage theft and underpayment, but a new year has welcomed some fresh changes for legislation and employee award standards. Tracy Angwin, CEO of the Australian Payroll Association said, “the breath of failures reported in...
When did you last review your contracts and policies?

When did you last review your contracts and policies?

In 2019 we saw a lot of changes to the industrial relations framework, including award rates, leave entitlements and federal and state legislation changes. With so many changes every single year it can be easy to become unknowingly non-compliant.  We don’t want you to...
$880,000 paid for unlawful unfair dismissal.

$880,000 paid for unlawful unfair dismissal.

A 60-year-old engineering and operations manager was unlawfully dismissed because his employer was ‘fed up with him’ and he was also accused of being a malingerer. The court heard that the: employee had asked for a pay rise, to be a member of the board and requested...
Industrial Manslaughter 

Industrial Manslaughter 

Do you prioritise safety on your farm? The time to act is now. At ProcessWorx, one of our main objectives is to ensure that our clients are WorkSafe compliant and make safety a priority every single working day. Deaths on farms are becoming far too common, and our aim...
Café accused of paying staff with food instead of money.

Café accused of paying staff with food instead of money.

The operators of a Brisbane café allegedly paid their employees (particularly with reference to visa workers) in food and drink. It is reported that visa holders, including junior workers aged under 21, were paid in meals, desserts and drinks over two periods between...
Shutting down over Christmas?

Shutting down over Christmas?

It’s getting close to Christmas and many companies (including ProcessWorx) observe a shutdown during this period. How employees are paid over the Christmas shutdown period depends on the award/agreement they’re covered by and whether they’re working or on leave. The...
Casual Employees: What you need to know!

Casual Employees: What you need to know!

It is well known that casual employees are essential to the success of farming businesses, particularly for seasonal work.  However, it is also well known that Australian employment legislation can be difficult to understand and comply with.  In our...

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