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Employment Law Update - Award Changes

September 2017

As part of its four-yearly review of all modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently issued a number of significant decisions. Changes to casual employment arrangements were widely commented on in the press in July. However, that FWC decision also dealt with changes to part-time work. Further changes to many awards will also occur over the balance of this year.

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Recent amendments to its Wrongs Act make Victoria the first of Australia’s States and Territories to legislate to protect children specifically against all forms of organisational and institutional abuse. The changes are designed to make it more difficult for institutions to deflect responsibility and to deny liability for that child sexual abuse. The changes were made in response to one of the recommendations of the November 2013 Victorian Parliamentary Family and Community Development Committee ‘Betrayal of Trust’ report, issued after its inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations.    Read more →
The distinction between the nature and scale of a charity’s operations is central to consideration of whether and when it may be appropriate to remunerate the board or committee members for their service as ‘responsible persons’.

A one-size-fits-all approach is inappropriate. Each charity must consider its own circumstances in determining whether the remuneration of some or all of its board members is in the best interests of the charity.    Read more →
The Commonwealth Treasury recently released a Discussion Paper titled 'Tax Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Reform Opportunities' and invited submissions in relation to the proposals that were set out in the paper. In this note we have summarised the Treasury proposals, and set out additional Prolegis recommendations that we believe are both necessary and desirable to simplify the DGR registration and governance framework, and to remove administrative burden, cost and complexity in this area.    Read more →