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  • Paying your employees during Easter

    09-Apr-2020

    Employers are often confused about how to pay their employees who work during the Easter break and whether an employee can refuse to work during this time. In Queensland all of the days during the Easter period are declared as public holidays: Good Friday – Friday 10 April Easter Saturd..

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  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses and individuals during COVID-19

    07-Apr-2020

    'The Australian ‘Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020’ The Australian Government has announced temporary measures to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on Australian businesses. These measures seek to reduce the risk of otherwise viable businesses from being wound up due t..

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  • COVID 19 - Modern Award Change for Clerks-Private Sector Award

    31-Mar-2020

    A COVID-19 flexibility schedule has been inserted to the Clerks-Private Sector Award 2010, with changes including: Employers may direct an employee to perform where necessary, any duties within their skills, licences and qualifications and competencies regardless of their classifications prov..

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  • FIFO as ‘Essential Travellers’ for Qld COVID-19 border restrictions

    27-Mar-2020

    From Thursday 26 March, 2020 the Queensland government has restricted interstate travel which may affect Central Queensland businesses that have interstate FIFO workers. Some key things you need to know are: Interstate arrival restrictions Anyone who arrives in Queensland, eg via air, se..

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  • COVID 19 - Modern Award Change for Hospitality Industry

    26-Mar-2020

    A COVID-19 flexibility schedule has been inserted to the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010, with changes including: Employers may direct an employee to perform where necessary, any duties within their skills, licences and qualifications and competencies regardless of their classificat..

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  • ​Employers and the Coronavirus – Prepare Now!

    12-Mar-2020

    It is becoming clearer that coronavirus will have major impacts upon Australian businesses and their employees. In responding to the coronavirus risk all businesses need to understand their rights and responsibilities as employers. Employers should stay up to date with Australian government..

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  • Changes to the QBCC Minimum Financial Requirements: What it means for Contractors?

    06-Dec-2019

    In December 2018 the Queensland Government introduced amendments to the minimum financial requirement (“MFR”) laws for QBCC contractor grade licensees. Key changes include the re-introduction of mandatory annual financial reporting for all licensees, clarification as to the treatment of certain ..

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  • Fires, Floods and Cyclones… Managing Employment Through Natural Disaster

    12-Nov-2019

    Queensland may be facing its worst bushfire season on record, at least until the wet season starts and then we will all have to face the risks of cyclone and flooding! The devastation does not discriminate between businesses and individuals. Many businesses have already experienced the c..

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  • Time to renew your trademark? Be warned of fake invoices

    05-Aug-2019

    Fraudsters are targeting small business owners when it is time to renew their trademark by sending false invoices. IP Australia has confirmed that there is an increasing number of reports of this unofficial invoicing. Several of our clients have received these fake invoices. We remind cl..

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  • McKays Solicitors establishes charitable fund

    19-Jul-2019

    McKays Solicitors have chosen to support the Mackay Community Foundation through the establishment of a named fund, the ‘McKays Solicitors Charitable Fund’. The directors of McKays proudly share the same ethos as the Foundation to “give where you live”. Each year, the Foundation invest..

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  • Rise in pay rates announced

    30-May-2019

    The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has today granted a 3% wages increase to award wage workers. The FWC lifted the national minimum wage by $21.60 a week, or 57 cents an hour, to $740.80, or $19.49 an hour. The change will take effect from the 1st July, 2019. The flow on effect to Aw..

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  • Managing “smoko” breaks and the risks arising from smoking in the workplace

    10-May-2019

    Managing “smoko” breaks and the risks arising from smoking in the workplace remains a troubling issue for many employers. Research in 2013 by the Ohio State University established an average cost to employers of absenteeism alone due to smoking breaks of more than $3,000 per annum, without ..

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