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March 2012 Newsletter

Published 01 Mar 2012

90 Day Trial Period Changes

The 90 Day Trial Period is not offering Employers the protection most people expect ...full story

Fruit Seller Wrongly Sacked – Another Situation Where A Casual Employee is Deemed To Actually Be A Permanent Part Timer

The Employer believed that the Employee was selling fruit at extremely low prices and the Employer terminated the employment, on the basis that the employment relationship was casual. However there had been a regular pattern of work hours...full story

Minimum Wage Increasing

The new minimum wage for adults is $13.50 an hour with effect from 1st April 2012. The 'New Entrant' rate follows at 80% of the adult rate and will become $10.80 hourly from that date...full story

Easter Holiday Information

There are two public holidays over Easter - Good Friday (06 April 2012) and Easter Monday (9th April 2012). For information on Employees' entitlements and also trading restrictions...full story

New Product Health and Safety Online Available Now

We have developed "Health and Safety Online" for Employers who wish to manage their own Health and Safety. It is web based and is available on a monthly subscription basis, from $35 plus GST per month for ESP members ($50 plus GST for non members), with a minimum term of 1 year. For more information, please see or email

Blocklists, Spam Filters and Newsletter Emails

We have received feedback from many of our clients who are subscribed to our emailed newsletters, but are not receiving them because their Spam filters are placing them in the Junk Email Folder. Spam filters are a part of business life, but they often block legitimate emails, as well as spam, from getting through. To ensure you continue to receive our newsletters please take a moment to add us to your 'Safe Senders' list. If you are unsure on how to do this, please see our Safe Senders page (or you can access the safe senders page from which contains instructions for the most common email programs.

EAL Website Redesign

EAL are currently testing the new web site ( The intention is to make it easier for clients to use the site, improve the search facilities and also to provide more regular updates on Employment related events as they occur. The new site will go live shortly.

The Give Way Road Rules Are Changing From 25th March

Here is a link to a very useful tool to test your understanding.