Fri 05 Jun 2020

CCF National delegation meet with the Federal Government

Following our recent submission to the Federal Government on the findings of our CCF National survey results, CCF National President, Mick Unger (WA), Vice President, Peter Kendall (Qld), CEO, Chris Melham and Executive Director, Duncan Sheppard, recently met with the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister for Infrastructure Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack and the Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure the Hon Alan Tudge.

While discussing the key findings of the CCF National survey, the delegation continued to advocate for monies being brought forward from the Federal Governments 10 year rolling $100 billion infrastructure program, to promote a sustainable pipeline of works and align this to accelerated state government spending on major infrastructure projects as part of their COVID-19 stimulus packages. On Friday, 22 May 2020, the Federal Government announced a $1.3 billion stimulus package which is simply already committed monies being brought forward from the Financial Assistance Grant program.  The $500 million is therefore insignificant in terms of the bigger picture and as such, CCF is continuing its call to the Federal Government to inject significantly more money into the sector.

A copy of the CCF National Media Release in relation to this funding announcement is attached for your reference and available electronically via this link:

https://www.civilcontractors.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Local-Government-Infrastructure-Stimulus-Welcome-but-%E2%80%98falls-short%E2%80%99.pdf

 

Federal Court Ruling – Employees engaged as casual entitled to paid leave & public holidays, with employer unable to set-off paid loading

In a recent decision likely to expose many employers to substantial back-pay claims, a Full Court of the Federal Court has determined that a casual employee was entitled to back pay of leave entitlements and public holidays.  This was due to the characteristic of “a firm advance commitment” to offer and accept work and accordingly the employee was found to be a permanent employee, and these entitlements were unable to be set-off against the casual loading which had been incorporated into the employee’s wage.

No Right to take Sick Leave during C-19 Stand Down Period

In addition, a recent decision in the Federal Court of Australia provides an important interpretation of the stand down provisions in the Fair Work Act and how they apply to sick leave entitlements.