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Fair Work Amendment Bill 2021

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2021

The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 passed both Houses of Parliament on 22 March 2021. Parliament made a number of amendments to the Bill before it was passed, making changes to the schedule...

COVID-19 Vaccinations – to mandate or not to mandate

COVID-19 Vaccinations – to mandate or not to mandate

Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has told Australia that the vaccine roll out could occur as early as next month, and savvy employers are asking the question of whether they can make vaccinations mandatory in the workplace context.  Up to...

Values – hire, fire and live by them

Values – hire, fire and live by them

Do you have values in your business that are so fundamental that you are willing to hire by them, fire by them, and take a financial hit to live by them? If not - you should. Values are the core beliefs that guide decisions, attitudes, and...

Post JobKeeper – do you have a plan?

Post JobKeeper – do you have a plan?

JobKeeper 2.0 will come to a finish at the end of March 2021.  And with it, the Job Keeper Enabling Directions that eligible employees could make under the legislative changes that Fair Work released during Covid-19 will also cease. Business who...

Wage Increase 1st February 2021

Wage Increase 1st February 2021

From 1 February 2021, the 1.75% minimum pay rate increase has taken effect for a whole range of Modern Awards (those in ‘Group 3’). This is the final round of increases from the staggered increases the Fair Work Commission announced in July 2020....

Toowoomba celebrates its businesses in style

Toowoomba celebrates its businesses in style

The decision to go ahead with the Business Excellence Awards this year was a leap of faith, believing that the Toowoomba business community would endure and that we would want an opportunity to celebrate together.  2020 has been a year where we...

New Casual Employee Bill

New Casual Employee Bill

The Federal Government has announced it will table its new IR omnibus Bill on Wednesday 9 December, which is set to include a number of changes for casual workers and those who employ them. With 2.3 million casual employees across Australia, this...

Is your business eligible for the new JobMaker Hiring Credit?

Is your business eligible for the new JobMaker Hiring Credit?

The JobMaker Hiring Credit will give businesses incentives to take on additional young job seekers. This will help young people access job opportunities as the economy recovers. The JobMaker Hiring Credit will be available to employers for each new...

And the finalists are…

And the finalists are…

The team at Focus HR is excited to announce the finalists in the running for the Engaged People Program Bursary for 2021. As naming rights sponsors of the Business Excellence Awards, presented by Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Focus HR are...

Updates to Modern Awards 1st November 2020

Updates to Modern Awards 1st November 2020

We wanted to give a timely reminder that from 1 November 2020, the 1.75% minimum pay rate increase has taken effect for a whole range of Modern Awards. The most common of these are Building & Construction, Manufacturing, Clerks, Food &...

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