Upcoming Events & Meetings

Is Your Casual Workforce Really Casual?

Date:  Thursday 8 March     

Time:   8.30am - 10.00am   

Venue:   

Novotel Parramatta

350 Church Street,
Parramatta

Members of the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association receive complimentary admission.

Please email Michelle.Caruso@nswbc.com.au to book your complimentary place.

TOPIC DETAILS

Are your casuals really casual?
 

Casual workers with the rights of permanent employees – the threat to your business has never been higher.  
 
Occupying 20% of our workforce, casual workers typically occupy a blind spot for employers and managers who adopt a set-and-forget mentality. Simpler pay arrangements, greater flexibility in hiring and terminating services, right?
 
Wrong.
 
Your casual worker can present a ticking bomb for compliance, whether assumptions were made from day one; or you were too busy to recognise their transition from a true casual to a long-term casual. Somewhere along the way, their hours became ‘regular and systematic’, or were regular from the get-go.
 
You now have permanent employee in all but name. Any action from that point is laden with risk. Consider Eric, a casual worker who worked on a regular roster for the past 12 months, but now you decide to end the contract – no strings attached...
 
Unfair dismissal

Eric takes exception to your decision - because he can demonstrate ‘regular and systematic’ service for 12 months (6 months for larger business), your ex-worker qualifies for Unfair Dismissal. The fine is $63,000.
 
Underpayment
‘I should have been permanent from the beginning!’ says Eric. An underpayment claim for annual and sick leave results in a back payment. The sum can accrue year-on-year.

For that matter, did you pay them overtime or put them on the right pay grade in the modern award from the get go? Casual loading rates are not foolproof.
 
Domino effect of breaches

Modern awards also stipulate when and how to offer conversion to permanent employment. Neglecting to either include the conversion clause at commencement of service, or make a formal offer at the appropriate time can lead to a $63,000 penalty per breach.
 
Union tactics – a match to light the fire

Employers must contend with flawed workplace legislation, an increasingly litigious workforce, and a hard-nosed regulator (Fair Work Ombudsman) with increased powers to prosecute and punish. The risk to business is escalating.
‘Wage theft is a new business model for too many employers’ says Sally McManus, Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
 
A revitalised union movement is actively campaigning to stir casual workers and independent contractors into action.

How this event will strengthen your compliance and business
 

In this event, you will learn practical tips for mitigating the risk and cost to your business. Topics include:

  • Assessing risk to your business

  • Building compliance through contracts and record keeping

  • Conversion-to-permanent employment provisions in modern awards

  • General update on workplace legislation

About the speaker - Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA):
Trusted by Australia’s peak employer body, the Australian Chamber, as their representative to fight for employer interests in the Fair Work Commission, ABLA is recognised as one of Australia’s leading Employment Law Specialist Firms (Australasian Law Awards 2015) and the Workplace and Employment Law Firm of the year 2016 (Lawyers Weekly).

 

Venue: 
Novotel Hotel Parramatta
Event Date: 
Thursday, 8 March 2018

Board Meeting - April 2018

9AM - 10.30AM

Level 1, Building Abattoir Heritage Precinct, 1 Herb Elliott Avenue

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Venue: 
Board Room
Event Date: 
Monday, 9 April 2018

Laugh out Loud Corporate Breakfast

7AM - 9.30AM

Millenium Room - ANZ Stadium

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Venue: 
ANZ Stadium
Event Date: 
Thursday, 3 May 2018

Board Meeting - June 2018

9AM - 10.30AM

Level 1, Building Abattoir Heritage Precinct, 1 Herb Elliott Avenue

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Venue: 
Board Room
Event Date: 
Monday, 18 June 2018

Is Your Casual Workforce Really Casual?

Date:  Thursday 7th June

Time:  8.30am - 10.00am

Venue:  

NSW Business Chamber Level 16
140 Arthur Street,

North Sydney

Members of the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association receive complimentary admission.

Please email Michelle.Caruso@nswbc.com.au to book your complimentary place.

TOPIC DETAILS

Are your casuals really casual?
 

Casual workers with the rights of permanent employees – the threat to your business has never been higher.  
 
Occupying 20% of our workforce, casual workers typically occupy a blind spot for employers and managers who adopt a set-and-forget mentality. Simpler pay arrangements, greater flexibility in hiring and terminating services, right?
 
Wrong.
 
Your casual worker can present a ticking bomb for compliance, whether assumptions were made from day one; or you were too busy to recognise their transition from a true casual to a long-term casual. Somewhere along the way, their hours became ‘regular and systematic’, or were regular from the get-go.
 
You now have permanent employee in all but name. Any action from that point is laden with risk. Consider Eric, a casual worker who worked on a regular roster for the past 12 months, but now you decide to end the contract – no strings attached...
 
Unfair dismissal

Eric takes exception to your decision - because he can demonstrate ‘regular and systematic’ service for 12 months (6 months for larger business), your ex-worker qualifies for Unfair Dismissal. The fine is $63,000.
 
Underpayment
‘I should have been permanent from the beginning!’ says Eric. An underpayment claim for annual and sick leave results in a back payment. The sum can accrue year-on-year.

For that matter, did you pay them overtime or put them on the right pay grade in the modern award from the get go? Casual loading rates are not foolproof.
 
Domino effect of breaches

Modern awards also stipulate when and how to offer conversion to permanent employment. Neglecting to either include the conversion clause at commencement of service, or make a formal offer at the appropriate time can lead to a $63,000 penalty per breach.
 
Union tactics – a match to light the fire

Employers must contend with flawed workplace legislation, an increasingly litigious workforce, and a hard-nosed regulator (Fair Work Ombudsman) with increased powers to prosecute and punish. The risk to business is escalating.
‘Wage theft is a new business model for too many employers’ says Sally McManus, Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
 
A revitalised union movement is actively campaigning to stir casual workers and independent contractors into action.

How this event will strengthen your compliance and business
 

In this event, you will learn practical tips for mitigating the risk and cost to your business. Topics include:

  • Assessing risk to your business

  • Building compliance through contracts and record keeping

  • Conversion-to-permanent employment provisions in modern awards

  • General update on workplace legislation

About the speaker - Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA):
Trusted by Australia’s peak employer body, the Australian Chamber, as their representative to fight for employer interests in the Fair Work Commission, ABLA is recognised as one of Australia’s leading Employment Law Specialist Firms (Australasian Law Awards 2015) and the Workplace and Employment Law Firm of the year 2016 (Lawyers Weekly).

 

Venue: 
NSWBC North Sydney
Event Date: 
Thursday, 7 June 2018

Board Meeting - August 2018

2PM - 3.30PM

Novotel Hotel

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Venue: 
Novotel Hotel
Event Date: 
Thursday, 23 August 2018

Annual General Meeting 2018

4PM - 5PM

Novotel Hotel

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Venue: 
Novotel Hotel
Event Date: 
Thursday, 23 August 2018

Members After 5 Networking Post AGM

5PM - 7PM

Novotel Hotel

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Venue: 
Novotel Hotel
Event Date: 
Thursday, 23 August 2018

Board Meeting - October 2018

9AM - 10.30AM

Level 1, Building Abattoir Heritage Precinct, 1 Herb Elliott Avenue

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Venue: 
Board Room
Event Date: 
Monday, 15 October 2018

Board Meeting - December 2018

9AM - 10.30AM

Level 1, Building Abattoir Heritage Precinct, 1 Herb Elliott Avenue

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Venue: 
Board Room
Event Date: 
Monday, 10 December 2018

Members Networking Breakfast Forum - The Future is Data

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7AM - 9AM

S P Jain School of Global Management

5 Figtree Drive

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK


THE FUTURE IS DATA

EXPERT INSIGHTS INTO BIG DATA ANALYTICS

EMERGING TRENDS IN AN INCREASINGLY DIGITAL WORLD

RSVP & BOOKINGS

allison@sopba.com.au   M. 0419 016 361

Venue: 
S P Jain School of Global Management
Event Date: 
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Growth. Access. Sustainability - The role of Sydney Olympic Park in Accelerating Infrastructure and Tourism in Western Sydney

This is a Sydney Olympic Park Business Association Member Event, in conjunction with the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney.

Platinum, Gold and Silver Members receive complimentary ticket allocations and Bronze and Affiliate Members can purchase tickets at the Special Members Rate.

Complimentary participation in the MiniBizness Expo during pre-luncheon drinks is open to ALL Members on a 'first in' basis.

DATE: Monday 5 June

TIME: 

11.30 – 12.30 | MiniBizness Expo, Member Networking,

12.30 – 2.30 | Presentations, Lunch, Panel Q&A

Venue: Waterview in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park

RSVP:allison@sopba.com.au

TICKETS 

Member Entitlements

Platinum - 10 Complimentary Tickets

Gold - 4 Complimentary Tickets

Silver - 2 Complimentary Tickets

Members Rate

Table of 10 - $1,400

Individual ticket - $150

Non-Members Rate

Table of 10 - $1,700

Individual tickets - $180

Venue: 
Waterview in Bicentennial Park
Event Date: 
Monday, 5 June 2017