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BSCAA National Newsletter - November 2018
To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter November 2018   National Changes to modern awards The Fair Work Commission has varied a number of awards as part of its Modern Award Review. The changes affect rules on termination of employment and a number of other clauses. All changes apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2018. Updated copies of the awards are available via the list of awards at fairwork.gov.au. Termination of employment Employers are now required to pay an employee’s wages and all other entitlements, within 7 days of the end of their employment. Changes to notice of termination rules mean an employer can deduct up to 1 week’s wages if an employee over 18 years resigns without  giving enough notice. Employers cannot deduct wages from employees under the age of 18 for not giving notice. Other clauses The following clauses have also been varied: consultation about major workplace change consultation about changes to... read more ❯
BSCAA backs tougher penalties for franchising codes
The Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) has welcomed the ACCC’s calls for stronger penalties for franchising codes. ACCC deputy chair Mick Keogh called for changes to Australia’s Franchising Code of Conduct to better protect franchisees, in a speech delivered at the National Franchise Convention Legal Symposium in Melbourne last week. The changes included significantly increased penalties for breaches, as well as requiring improved and more meaningful information disclosure to franchisees, in combination with stronger unfair contract terms (UCT) law, to help to improve the operations of franchise businesses in Australia. Keogh said the franchising and oil codes, which applies to service stations, are not as effective as they should be. “We want to see the Franchising Code strengthened, and supported by stronger penalty provisions, to ensure franchise systems operate well for all parties involved, to encourage compliance with franchise agreements, and to keep competition on an even keel. “It is in the interests... read more ❯
Industry celebrates Thank Your Cleaner day
Thank Your Cleaner Day has been celebrated around the world, with more than 20 countries taking part in the New Zealand-founded initiative. Launched in 2015 by the Building Service Contractors of New Zealand (BSCNZ), Thank Your Cleaner Day, supported by Kärcher, was held on Wednesday 17 October. The day aims to celebrate the role of professional cleaners. Since its launch, the event has gained global attention, with Canada, US, UK, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia among some of the countries to have participated this year. This year in Australia around 15 companies took part, some with more than 3000 employees. Sarah McBride, CEO of the BSCNZ, said the goal of the event had been achieved following numerous successful events across NZ and globally. Air New Zealand, Westfield, Westpac, 2Degrees, Genesis Energy, Auckland Museum and Christchurch Airport were among some of the major organisations involved with this year’s event in New Zealand, hosting various events... read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter - October 2018
BSCAA National Newsletter - October 2018   National On behalf of all BSCAA members BSCAA National has made a submission on designing a modern Australian Business Number system. As we understand it, the government is considering: (i) Changing the ABN entitlement rules or increasing the intensity of entitlement checks before an ABN is issued (or both); and (ii) Introducing conditions so that a failure of compliance with those conditions may lead to an ABN cancellation; and (iii) Mandating ABN display/verification through the New Payments Platform and similar digital reform; and (iv) Mandating ABN renewal together with an associated fee structure.  The submission has now been finalised. Please click here to view it. ATO have confirmed that the Government has extended the Taxable Payments Reporting System (TPRS) to the cleaning and courier industries. This was will take effect from 1 July 2018. The TPRS acts as a tax integrity measure to ensure payments made to contractors are reported to the ATO in a similar manner to... read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter - September 2018
BSCAA National Newsletter - September 2018   BSCAA National Representatives from BSCAA National, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania recently attended the cleaning expo in Sydney. Congratulations to BSCAA NSW and all of our Business Partners who attended on excellent displays at the show. It was a great chance to catch up with Members and industry suppliers alike and was enjoyed by all.  Exploitation of Cleaners working in Retail Chains On Tuesday 4 September a representative from BSCAA National appeared before the Education and Employment References Committee in Victoria to give evidence in relation to the Inquiry into the exploitation of general and specialist cleaners working in retail chains for contracting or subcontracting cleaning companies. To view copies of hearings transcripts please click here.  ABN Reform The Australian Business Number (ABN) is a key business identifier used by business, government and the community.  However, the Black Economy Taskforce found that the ABN system is also... read more ❯
New family and domestic violence leave entitlements
New family and domestic violence leave entitlements From 1 August 2018, modern awards will be varied to give employees access to 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year. The leave can be taken by employees to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence. This includes (but isn’t limited to) taking time to: make arrangements for their safety, or the safety of a family member attend court hearings access police services. Eligibility - This entitlement applies to all employees (including casuals) who are covered by an industry or occupation based award. Find out more - You can find more information about domestic and family violence leave and who it applies to at fairwork.gov.au Confidential information, counselling and support for people impacted by domestic and family violence is available at www.1800respect.org.au read more ❯
BSCAA National welcomes a new Executive Director
BSCAA National welcomes a new Executive Director, Cassie Ruhe-Hodge. BSCAA National held a networking function on 27 July 2018 which was attended by members of the BSCAA National Board, State Presidents, Business Partners and Associates. This story was also covered by INCLEAN. To view it click here.   read more ❯
Victorian Education Minister calls for school cleaning audit
Victorian Education Minister James Merlino has ordered an audit into state government school cleaning contracts following reports cleaners have had their pay cut and hours reduced under the new cleaning contract reforms. Audit welcomed by industry George Stamas, president of the Building Services Contractors of Australia Association (BSCAA), said the association is in support of a strong audit approach. “It’s disappointing to hear the recent media reports that there are still issues in compliance under the new contracts. BSCAA nationally supports a strong audit approach,” Stamas told INCLEAN. View the full article here.Victorian Education Minister calls for school cleaning audit read more ❯
The exploitation of general and specialist cleaners working in retail chains for contracting or subcontracting cleaning companies
BSCAA National recently made a submission to The Senate for the Inquiry into the exploitation of general and specialist cleaners working in retail chains for contracting or subcontracting cleaning companies.  To view the BSCAA submission (and all other submissions on the subject) please click on the below link: The exploitation of general and specialist cleaners working in retail chains for contracting or subcontracting cleaning companies About this inquiry An inquiry into the exploitation of general and specialist cleaners working in retail chains for contracting or subcontracting cleaning companies: Inquiry home page Terms of Reference Public Hearings Government Response Senate Standing Committees on Education and Employment Committee home page   read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter - August 2018
BSCAA National Newsletter - August 2018 - Click here to download   BSCAA National BSCAA National welcomes a new Executive Director, Cassie Ruhe-Hodge. BSCAA National held a networking function on 27 July 2018 which was attended by members of the BSCAA National Board, State Presidents, Business Partners and Associates. This story was also covered by INCLEAN. To view it click here. Submission In July BSCAA National engaged the services of the Workplace Advisory Group to make a submission on behalf of BSCAA Members on the Inquiry into the exploitation of general and specialist cleaners working in retail chains for contracting or subcontracting cleaning companies. Further details were sent in the BSCAA National News Flash email. To view the BSCAA submission (and all other submissions on the subject) please click here. BSCAA Victoria BSCAA Victoria are in the process of engaging a new secretariat.  The Victoria Excellence Awards are proposed for October and will be held in Melbourne.  BSCAA New South Wales Workplace Advisory... read more ❯