July 24th AI Group Newsletter
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This issue includes:
- Union Budget claims highlight need for tighter bargaining laws
- Workforce participation key to childcare reform
- Industry alliance calls for gas market reform
- B20 highlights common challenges for international business
- Healthy workplaces = increased productivity
- Managing discrimination, harassment and bullying
- Take part in Australian Engineering Week
July AI Group Newsletter
You can view the July Ai Group newsletter here.
This issue includes:
- Industry involvement secures positive result on carbon tax repeal
- Financial System Inquiry needs wider view on business lending market
- Don’t miss BIZassistBriefings webcasts
- The New Leader
- SA Business Survey: how are you managing change?
- Doing business with Malaysia
NEW EMPLOYER OBLIGATIONS FROM 1 JULY
Statement by Innes Willox
Chief Executive Australian Industry Group
“The Australian Industry Group today reminded employers of two key changes that take effect from tomorrow, 1 July. The first is the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review increase and the second is an increase in the Superannuation Guarantee. As well, the carbon tax rises tomorrow to $25.40 per tonne unless the current legislation is repealed,” Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said today.
“Operative from 1 July 2014, award wage rates for full-time adult employees will be increased by 3 per cent and the National Minimum Wage will be increased to $640.90 per week or $16.87 per hour.
Workers comp premium reductions a much needed relief for QLD business, Ai Group
“The Queensland Government’s decision to reduce workers compensation premiums by an average of 17% from 1 July is a much needed shot in the arm for industry in the State,” Ai Group Queensland Director Jemina Dunn said today.
“The Queensland Government has taken some difficult but necessary decisions in the last 12 months in reshaping the Queensland workers compensation system and today we are seeing these efforts bear fruit.
“While reductions will vary within sectors, we are pleased to see both Manufacturing (18.3%) and Construction (17%), two critical components of Queensland’s economy, both achieve sizable premium reductions. This is critical at a time when business conditions are tougher than ever, costs are rising and business confidence remains sluggish.
“In recent years Queensland workers compensation premiums have been on an upward trajectory. Ai Group has for a long time been leading the campaign to reduce these costs and today’s decision is recognition of that hard work,” Ms Dunn said.
Weather Forecasts from Weatherzone
The OPEA are pleased to announce that members will have access to a quarterly video update on weather forecasts provided by Weatherzone meteorologists.
The reports will include:
- Quarterly video updates for OPEA
- Presented by Weatherzone Meteorologists
- Inclusion of relevant Weather graphics
- An historical overview of the past 12 months temperature and rainfall patterns (focusing on the most recent 3 months)
- Detailed Opticast Forecasts for the next 3-12 months, highlighting the most likely rainfall outcomes
- An explanation of the drivers of the outlook, including La Nina and El Nino (if applicable to the forecast)
- A conclusion section highlighting key points.
The first video update will be presented at the OPEA AGM on August 8, 2014 in Sydney.