New requirements for annual leave loading payable on termination
Modern Awards commonly provide for the payment of 17.5 per cent annual leave loading to employees while on annual leave. The Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Government Solicitor recently changed their interpretation of the Federal Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to annual leave loading on termination. According to their interpretation, annual leave loading must be paid on accrued annual leave on termination where an employee is entitled to annual leave loading under an industrial instrument such as a Modern Award.
Approximately 30 Modern Awards state that annual leave loading is not payable on termination. However, such provisions would contravene the Fair Work Act 2009 and therefore have no effect according to the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Government Solicitor. This means that where an employee is entitled to annual leave loading, it must also be paid on the untaken accrued leave on termination.
For further information regarding managing leave loading and termination, call Business SA’s Business Advisory Centre on 08 8300 0101.
Possible delays in bank transactions over Easter break
Businesses are advised that some of the major banks will not be processing payroll transactions over the coming Easter break, 22-26 April 2011. Employers should contact their financial institution to clarify when funds are expected to be processed and, if required, adjust the payroll processing date to avoid potential delays. Employees are also encouraged to contact their own financial institution to determine any potential delays in processing received funds.
Business SA mock trials
Don’t get caught out and have to face a possible litigation. Save the date for one or all themock trials to find out how you can avoid ending up in court!
Learn about the potential ramifications of unfair dismissals, adverse action, underpayment of wages and safety incidents in the workplace and gain an insight into court proceedings at these mock trials. Based on real life incidents, the mock trials will be conducted by experienced Business SA practitioners and heard by a current Tribunal Member.
More information is available here.
Is your business ready to export?
The State Government’s Gateway Business Program is a new initiative designed to help small to medium-sized firms succeed in the challenging world of exporting. The Program offers grants up to a maximum of $20,000 over two years for eligible projects, reimbursing up to 50 per cent of export related expenditure. Round One closes on 15 March 2011, with Round Two closing on 15 June 2011.
For further information and to apply visit: www.southaustralia.biz/gateway
Upcoming CEDA events:
Inventing the future series: Rethinking Australian Cities - Wednesday 23 March
CEDA launches its "Inventing the future" series, a series of public discussion throughout 2011 focussing on key issues that will impact South Australia to 2050 and beyond, focussing on how we need to rethink Australian Cities.
More information available here.
China/India Luncheon: rise and rise of the dragon & tiger - Tuesday 29 March
CEDA welcomes the Hon Mike Rann MP, Premier of South Australia back to the CEDA lectern to deliver the keynote address at CEDA's 2011 China/India luncheon. This event will focus on the growing importance of the business, government and cultural links between South Australia and world's powerhouse economies of China and India. The Premier will be joined by a panel of key thought leaders.
More information available here.
Women in Leadership Series: high performing organisations - Monday 4 April
CEDA welcomes members and guests to this Women in Leadership Series event leading discussion around the benefits to organisations in having more women in senior management roles. CEDA is delighted to welcome Jane Caro, Catherine Fox and Professor Barbara Pocock back to the CEDA lectern for 2011.
More information available here.
Solid Waste Levy Increases
Increases to the solid waste levy apply from 1 July 2011.
- In Metropolitan Adelaide, the increase is from $26 per tonne to $35 per tonne
- In Non-Metropolitan Adelaide, the increase is from $13 per tonne to $17.50 per tonne
A review of the structure and impacts of the solid waste levy will be undertaken in 2011 in conjunction with key stakeholders, including Business SA.
FREE Consulting Sessions at Business SA
Do you need any additional staff, short or long term, at no cost to your business? If this is the case Business SA may be able to help you. There are many people who have suffered an injury at work and cannot return to their pre injury employer. Are you willing to host a placement, short or long term, full time or part time, for one or more of these workers?
Find out more here, or to request a FREE one on one 2 hour consultation at your place of business, email email@example.com or contact our consultants directly by phone 08 8300 0069.
Small Business Education
Small employers are often the least well equipped to support the return to work process and they often face greater challenges in finding alternative duties. Understanding this, Business SA will deliver a two-year program educating small employers in injury management. This will enable them to better manage any injuries that may occur, understand their pivotal role in the return to work process and minimise barriers that may discourage injured employees from returning to work with their pre-injury employer
Find out more here, or to request a FREE one on one 2 hour consultation at your place of business, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our consultants directly by phone on 08 8300 0066.
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AdelaideConvention Centre Visits Tomorrow Today
The Adelaide Convention Centre provided a sneak preview into the future of how the meetings and events industry might develop as we move towards 2020, in a special event recently with Adelaide’s industry leaders and UK-based futurist, Rohit Talwar.
The intimate session revealed the findings to date of the Convention 2020 study, which began in October 2009 and will be complete in December 2011.
“The aim of the study is to develop insights into how the industry’s future may play out in order to make better decisions today,” Convention 2020 Project Director, Rohit Talwar said.
“Business models are changing, as are client requirements and the expectations of delegates,” he added.
As a result, the Adelaide Convention Centre, which is a Gold Sponsor of the study, is already exploring scenarios and models for the design of future meetings, exhibitions and events.
Employers have their say on training system
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research’s biennial Survey of Australian Employers is now underway to identify strategies employers use to meet their skill needs. Conducted on behalf of the federal, state and territory governments, 7,500 randomly selected employers will be interviewed about how they employ and train their staff and how effective this training is at meeting their needs. Your organisation may be contacted to participate between February and June this year. The survey results will be published on the NCVER website in late 2011.
Results from the last survey (2009) are available here.
Animal Welfare League Golf Day
Friday 13 May 2011, Glenelg Golf Club
Register your team of four and enjoy a day of great sportsmanship, fantastic prizes, fine food & wine, a special guest speaker and great company. More details available here.