Yearly Archives: 2020

2 12, 2020

Wage theft legislation protects employees

2021-12-22T15:46:42+10:00 2 December 2020|Categories: Careers news|0 Comments

New laws to protect employees from deliberate wage theft by an employer were introduced in September 2020 in Queensland. The new laws criminalise deliberate wage theft and also provide a simple, quick and low-cost process for wage recovery claims. Congregations, presbyteries and Synod Office have a responsibility to ensure that employees are paid correctly. Employees [...]

23 10, 2020

Uniting Church in Queensland inducts new Moderator

2020-10-23T12:43:39+10:00 23 October 2020|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

Rev Andrew Gunton has been inducted as the new Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. The service was held at the Queensland Synod office in Auchenflower on Thursday 22 October 2020 and attended by a small number of family and friends in line with COVID-19 restrictions as well as livestreamed so that [...]

28 09, 2020

Wage theft now a crime in Queensland

2020-12-01T10:51:36+10:00 28 September 2020|Categories: Careers news|0 Comments

On 9 September 2020, Queensland’s parliament passed the Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Wage Theft) Amendment Act 2020, which inserts wage theft into Queensland’s criminal legislation as an offence. The Act provides that employee entitlements are a thing capable of being stolen. The employee entitlements that can be stolen include: unpaid hours or [...]

14 09, 2020

Community Services Portable Long Service Leave Scheme

2021-12-22T13:18:21+10:00 14 September 2020|Categories: Careers news|0 Comments

The Queensland Synod office have previously advised that the Queensland Government have passed legislation to create the Community Services Portable Long Service Leave Scheme. The scheme will apply to all workers who: perform community services work, or support the provision of community services (for example, administrative and/or executive staff). To find out who [...]

31 08, 2020

Important information about accruing paid sick and carer’s leave

2021-12-22T15:09:25+10:00 31 August 2020|Categories: Careers news|0 Comments

On 13 August 2020, the High Court of Australia handed down a decision clarifying how paid personal/carer's leave is accrued and taken under the National Employment Standards (NES). In the decision of Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd vs. AMWU and Ors [2020] HCA 29, the High Court clarified that: the entitlement to 10 days of personal/carer's [...]

30 07, 2020

Joint statement by religious leaders regarding Kangaroo Point asylum seekers

2020-07-30T13:28:46+10:00 30 July 2020|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

We continue to be deeply disturbed at the way in which asylum seekers are being treated by the Australian Government. The situation in the Kangaroo Point Alternative Place of Detention, (APOD), in the inner city is yet another example of the complete disregard for the God-given human dignity of these individuals. We are advised [...]

29 06, 2020

Fair Work Commission minimum wage increase

2020-06-29T12:22:43+10:00 29 June 2020|Categories: Careers news|0 Comments

Last week the Fair work Commission (FWC) announced the new minimum wage increase to be 1.75 per cent. Unlike in previous years, the FWC has adopted a staggered approach to the minimum wage increase across industries as they recognise not all sectors of the economy have been impacted in the same way by COVID-19. The [...]

29 06, 2020

Community Services Portable Long Service Leave Scheme (Queensland Government)

2021-12-22T13:18:42+10:00 29 June 2020|Categories: Careers news|0 Comments

A bill to create a Portable Long Service Leave scheme (PLSL) for the community services sector has passed the Queensland Government, but a commencement date has not yet been determined. The PLSL is similar to schemes established for the construction and contract cleaning industries. The Bill recognises that employees who work within this sector typically [...]

16 06, 2020

Queensland Churches Together New General Secretary

2020-06-16T14:00:07+10:00 16 June 2020|Categories: Statements|0 Comments

On behalf of the Executive of Queensland Churches Together, I am pleased to inform you that Rev David Baker has been appointed to the position of General Secretary of Queensland Churches Together. David is currently the Moderator of the Uniting Church Australia, Queensland Synod, and will complete this position at the end of 2020. He [...]

8 06, 2020

WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato

2020-06-29T12:15:50+10:00 8 June 2020|Categories: Careers news|0 Comments

You would have seen reports in the media about the recent decision of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato in the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia.  The decision reconfirmed that a person paid and designated by their employer as a “casual employee” can still be considered a permanent part-time or full-time employee, despite [...]