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When does an absence become abandonment?

March 13, 2024

Abandonment of employment is a situation where an employee stops showing up for work without a valid reason or explanation, and without informing their employer of their intention to resign. Where employment ends by reason of abandonment, it is a termination at the employee’s initiative. However, not every absence or failure to report for work […]

Out-of-hours conduct could be work-related

February 26, 2024

Employees may sometimes engage in conduct outside their normal working hours or workplace that may have implications for their employment. For example, an employee may be involved in a criminal offence, or an inappropriate social media post or other action which affects their ability to perform their duties. In such circumstances employers may wonder whether […]

Closing Loopholes Act has commenced – what’s changed?

February 13, 2024

Some changes took effect from 15 December 2023 and others are operative at various times in 2024 and 2025. Ai Group, on behalf of HABA, continues to be heavily engaged in consultation with the Government over the development of the legislation. Changes from 15 December 2023 Small business redundancy exemption There are new redundancy payment […]

Notification of Declaration to Amend our Constitution

February 6, 2024

IMPORTANT: On 5 February 2024 Hair and Beauty Australia filed a Reg 126 Declaration to amend our constitution as approved at our AGM on the 15th January 2024. A copy of the proposed changes was provided to all members but should you like a copy please contact us at and we can provide you […]

AGM Announcement

December 15, 2023

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT Due to the holidays, the AGM has moved to 2024 (see details below). We look forward to seeing as many of our members as possible. WHEN: MONDAY 15th January, 2024 TIME: 7:00pm start WHERE: Via Zoom link, emailed to all registrants closer to the date.𝗛𝗔𝗕𝗔’𝘀 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲: Register your […]

Public holidays and penalty rates during Christmas under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020

December 4, 2023

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s important for employers to be aware of their obligations under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020. In a previous article, employers were informed about their obligations with respect to the annual closedown – see article here To ensure that employees are paid their correct entitlements, employers should […]

Encountering financial difficulty? It’s never been more important to get the right advice.

November 23, 2023

An article developed by CPA Australia and Service NSW for Business discusses the importance of seeking support from your industry associations (Hair and Beauty Australia), NSW government business advisory services and your professional service providers (accountants, financial advisors or solicitors). Many hair and beauty businesses across NSW are facing economic challenges and seeking the right […]

Removing an employee from a WhatsApp group was a dismissal

November 17, 2023

Technology has shaped the way we live and work, and some employers even use social media platforms as a rostering and communication tool. While this has benefits for businesses, it can also expose them to legal challenges. Student working in a kebab shop was removed from a WhatsApp Group after raising underpayment concerns In a […]

Taking Annual Leave in Advance

November 6, 2023

Where an employer intends to shut down over the festive season and employees do not have enough annual leave to cover the entire period, an option may be for the employee to take annual leave in advance. Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020 The Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020 contains provisions which allow an […]

Christmas Shutdowns

October 19, 2023

Christmas Shutdowns Earlier this year, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) varied the annual leave shutdown provisions in modern awards and replaced them with a model annual leave shutdown clause. Please refer to our article in February on the Annual Leave Shutdown Provisions With the Christmas period soon upon us, many businesses will be considering whether […]

Hairdresser dismissed for having ‘no pleasant personality’ and ‘no patience’ wins the right to making a general protections claim

September 15, 2023

In July 2022, CJ Onetree Pty Ltd (the Company) employed Ms Kim (the Employee) as a hairdresser on a full-time basis. Ms Choi (Director Choi) was Ms Kim’s manager as well as a director of the company. In March 2023, Ms Kim asked Director Choi if she could take a period of personal leave as […]

Increase to superannuation contributions from 1 July 2023

July 19, 2023

The Superannuation Guarantee legislation, comprising the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Act 1992 requires employers to make minimum superannuation contributions on behalf of their full-time, part-time and casual employees, with some exceptions. Which employees receive contributions? All employees except for certain limited categories of employees receive superannuation. These exceptions are: […]


June 16, 2023

OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE BY TAFE NSW – JUNE 13, 2023 Local (region) hairdressers, barbers, and beauticians can access a new TAFE NSW course to gain the skills to ‘spot a spot’ and speak up if they see something. Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world, with one Australian diagnosed every 30 minutes […]

Annual Wage Review 2022-2023 Decision

June 15, 2023

On 2 June 2023, the Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down its Annual Wage Review 2022-2023 Decision. The FWC decided that award minimum wages will be increased by 5.75 per cent and the National Minimum Wage will increase to $23.23 per hour. When will employers receive updated wage rates from HABA? […]

Portable long service leave scheme in the ACT expanded to include the hair and beauty industry

June 5, 2023

The Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Amendment Act 2023 (the Amendment Act) will expand the ACT’s portable long service leave scheme (portable scheme) to include the hairdressing and beauty services industry. The expanded scheme will also include the accommodation and food services industry. Background Portable long service leave schemes in the ACT have been in […]

HABA invited to be founding member of ‘Workforce Equipped’ Jobs and Skills Council

March 30, 2023

Hair and Beauty Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of the initial board members of  ‘Workforce Equipped’ Jobs and Skills Council to respond to current and emerging skills needs in the services sector Hair and Beauty Australia (“HABA”), the industry peak body for the personal services industry welcomes the announcement of the initial election […]

Is your business prepared for the Easter public holidays?

March 7, 2023

The Easter holiday period is always a popular period for leave requests, with many employees seeking to take advantage of the number of public holidays. With COVID-19 restrictions easing across the country, employees may take this opportunity to have a well-earned break. This leaves employers with the challenge of balancing their employees leave requests as […]

Annual Leave Shutdown provisions in modern awards

February 19, 2023

Background The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has decided to significantly vary the annual leave shutdown provisions in 78 modern awards including the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020 (the Award) by replacing them with a new model annual leave shutdown clause which is set out below. The FWC will publish proposed determinations setting out the […]

Reminder about casual penalty rates increase

January 18, 2023

In October 2021 , HABA members were informed of the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to vary the weekend penalty rate provisions for casual employees under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020. The penalty rate increases are being phased in over six stages, with the most recent increase taking effect from the first full […]

Employer fined for underpayment and record-keeping failures

January 11, 2023

Background The Federal Court of Australia heard that 85 Degrees Coffee Australia, which operates several retail stores and factories, hired eight employees as ‘student interns’, after its parent company arranged for a Taiwanese university’s students to gain work experience. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) alleged that between July 2016 and June 2017, the employees were […]

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