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Regional visa options for employers

There are 2 main visa options available for employers in regional Australia – the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494), which is a

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Plain English Guide on What to do When the Union Comes Knocking

Only a union official that holds a current right of entry permit can enter a workplace. Such a permit is issued by the Fair Work Commission in circumstances where it is satisfied that the relevant person is a “fit and proper person.” The Fair Work Commissions can revoke, suspend or impose conditions on a permit.

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Plain English Guide to Modern Awards, Enterprise Agreements and Employment Contracts

An award is a standard of minimum terms and conditions that apply to employees working in specific industries or occupations. Such additional details cannot be contracted out of and must be observed by an employer. Modern awards are the product of a complete re-organisation of the old state and federal award systems, and came into effect on 1 January 2010.

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Plain English Guide to Employee or Contractor

Sometimes a person engaged as a contractor may in law be an employee. The line that divides employees from contractors is grey and shifting. Application of Awards and unjust dismissal laws, pay and leave entitlements, and tax and insurance issues all depend on which status applies.

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Plain English Guide to Employment Contracts and Employment Policies

It is important to get the employment relationship right from the outset by clearly communicating to new employees the requirements of their job and the culture, practices and policies affecting the workplace. The most important written parts of this communication are the employment contract and workplace policies and procedures.

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Plain English Guide to Strata Schemes

Strata refers to a system of ownership whereby a building is divided into portions known as ‘lots’. The building can be an apartment block, a complex of townhouses or villas, commercial offices and so on.

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