The Australian Government has recently introduced new laws under the Protecting Worker Entitlements package, leading to significant changes in the Fair Work Act. These changes aim to enhance the rights and protections of workers, particularly in areas such as leave entitlements and public holiday pay. 

What Applies Now 

Several changes took effect on 1 July 2023, including amendments to unpaid parental leave entitlements, protections for migrant workers, and alterations to the interaction between enterprise agreements and workplace determinations. These changes are designed to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunities for all workers, regardless of their background or family circumstances. 

What Applies Later 

Further changes are set to take effect in December 2023 and January 2024. These include changes to authorised employee deductions, the introduction of the right to superannuation in the National Employment Standards, and amendments to long service leave entitlements for casual employees in the black coal mining industry. 

Other Workplace Changes Affecting You 

In addition to these changes, there are other workplace law amendments starting from June 2023 until the end of the year. These changes will further strengthen the rights and protections of workers, ensuring a fair and equitable workplace for all. 

Supporting Your Staff 

As an employer, it’s crucial to support your staff in understanding these changes and their rights regarding leave and public holiday pay. This can be achieved through regular communication, providing resources for self-education, and offering training sessions to ensure all employees are aware of their rights and entitlements. 

Learn More 

For a comprehensive understanding of these changes, visit Fair Work Act changes: Protecting Worker Entitlements. They have updated their website to reflect the changes that started on 1 July 2023. 

Stay informed about the upcoming changes by subscribing to our email updates. We’ll send reminders closer to each start date and provide updated information and resources. 

Remember, a well-informed workforce is a happy and productive one. So, let’s work together to ensure all employees understand their rights and entitlements under the new Fair Work Act changes. 

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