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CASUAL EMPLOYEE LOADINGS SHOULD BE OFFSET AGAINST OTHER ENTITLEMENTS: AHA / TAA

Thursday, 18 October 2018 MEDIA RELEASE The intention of loadings for casual employees is to offset the entitlements received by full time employment, Australian Hotels Association CEO Stephen Ferguson and Tourism Accommodation Chair Martin Ferguson said today. The comments follow a recent decision by the Federal Court of Australia which found that a casual employee was entitled to payment for untaken annual leave following the termination of their employment. The employee involved was a fly-in fly-out worker at a mining site in Queensland. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said the rules should be clear. “An employee should not be unjustly
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Government must act on Kenoland

Government must act on Kenoland 21 February 2018 In September 2017, the Federal Parliament passed reforms related to on line gambling as part of amendments to the Interactive Gambling Act. At the time the Interactive Gambling Bill passed the Senate, Senator Hanson proposed an amendment to with the effect to prohibit “betting on the outcome of a lottery” (such as Lottoland). The response of the Government was to the effect that Senator Hanson’s proposition was beyond the scope of the bill, but that the Government would consult and examine the issue further. We understand that on behalf of the Government,
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AHA WELCOMES FEDERAL COURT’S SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT UMPIRE

The Australian Hotels Association has welcomed this morning’s decision by the Federal Court to reject all union grounds in its appeal of the Fair Work Commission’s recent penalty rates decision. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said he was pleased the full bench of the Federal Court had backed the independent umpire’s original decision on penalty rates. Mr Ferguson said; “The Full Bench of the Federal Court upheld the principle that the Fair Work Commission was alone vested with the full responsibility for assessing all relevant matters and reaching all relevant conclusions in making its determinations.” “This decision upholds the long-standing
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AHA WELCOMES NEW HEAD OF TABCORP’S WAGERING AND MEDIA BUSINESS

The Australian Hotels Association National Executive has congratulated Adam Rytenskild on his appointment as the new head of Tabcorp’s wagering and media business.   “The Association welcomes Adam Rytenskild’s appointment and looks forward to working closely with him on continuing to enhance the services our members provide their customers,” AHA National President Scott Leach said today.   “He is well known to many in our industry as a talented executive who has the interests of hotels at heart in delivering outcomes which work for venues and for Tabcorp.   “We are pleased he is taking over the helm of the
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AHA applauds FWC part-time employment decision

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has welcomed today’s decision by the Fair Work Commission to introduce flexible part-time employment in the hospitality industry. AHA CEO Stephen Ferguson said today’s announcement by the independent umpire was a ‘common-sense win’ for both employers and employees. “The Fair Work Commission agreed with the AHA submission that greater flexibility in part-time employment would be in the interests of both employee and employer,” Mr Ferguson said. “The FWC found that the current part-time provision was close to being a ‘dead letter’ and unworkable. This has traditionally seen a low percentage of part-time workers across our
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AHA defends decision of independent umpire

Trade union United Voice has lodged an application for judicial review of the decision of the Fair Work Commission’s review of the Hospitality Industry (General) Award. The AHA will be defending the decision of the independent umpire. “The union is embarrassed its arguments before the independent Commission were rejected,” AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said today. “The Commission found a lower Sunday penalty rate would increase the level and range of services offered in the hospitality sector with a consequent increase in employment. “After a three year transition from 1 July 2019, full time and part time employees will receive
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Australia’s peak hospitality and tourism accommodation bodies welcome ‘certainty’ in FWC transitional arrangements decision on penalty rates reform

5 June 2017: Australia’s peak hospitality organisation, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA), and tourism accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), welcomed the certainty provided by the Fair Work Commission (FWC)’s announcement today on the transitional arrangements for penalty rates. The FWC announced that the reformed penalty rate conditions for full time and part time hospitality employees working on Sundays would be phased in over three years, commencing from 1 July 2017. Sunday penalty rates would be reduced from 175% to 170% in 2017‐18, from 170% to 160% in 2018‐19, and from 160% to 150% in 2019‐2020. Sunday rates for casual
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Revamp of 457 visa system needs to recognise hospitality industry’s specific needs and protect regional Australia

18 April 2017 Australia’s peak hospitality body, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) called on the Federal Government to consider the specific needs of the hospitality sector in the design of a new temporary working visa system, following the announcement today by Prime Minister Turnbull that the current 457 visa system would be scrapped. AHA said that while full details were not currently available it was important that the Government recognise the specific skilled labour needs of the hospitality sector as it was currently undergoing its largest ever expansion. “The hospitality industry is growing at unprecedented rates at the present and
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A step in the right direction for a modern day hospitality industry

The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to reform Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates is a first step  towards a modern hospitality industry, the Australian Hotels Association said. AHA and Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) led the submissions to the FWC on behalf of the hotel sector – TAA is chaired by the Hon Martin Ferguson AM, a former ACTU President and Federal Tourism Minister. Mr Ferguson said the FWC decision should be respected. “From the industry point of view we haven’t got everything we want. That is the nature of the Fair Work Commission.” “We respect their decision and we
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TAA and AHA welcome reduction in ‘backpacker tax’ and charges

27 September 2016 Australia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) welcomed today’s decision by the Federal Government to reduce the tax on Working Holiday Makers (WHM) from 32.5c to 19c along with a $10 million promotional fund aimed at revitalising the sector, but said the imposition of a $5 increase in the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) was counter-productive. Under the original proposal, which was scheduled to come into force from 1 July 2016, working holiday makers would have been treated as non-residents and taxed at 32.5% from the first dollar they earned. They
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