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Dad & Partner Pay

Payment of $719.35 a week for up to 2 weeks while the employee is on a period of unpaid leave from work to care for a newly adopted or newborn child. There are several criteria that employees need to fulfil to be eligible. They must have earned less than $150,000.00 in the last financial year, not be working or taking paid leave during the period, and have satisfied a work test in the 13 months prior (figures as of September 2018).

Deed of Release

A document used to settle disputes between two parties or prevent them from arising in the first place. In most cases, a party will undertake to pay a certain amount or to do a specific act in exchange for a formal release from any claims related to the agreed subject matter.

Department of Employment

Former Australian Government department charged with the responsibility for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces. In 2017, the department was dissolved, and its functions assumed by the newly formed Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Direct Discrimination

Discrimination can be broken down to several categories – such as direct, indirect or victimisation. Direct discrimination is when an individual, or group, of people are treated less favourably than another person, or group, because of their background or certain personal characteristics such as sexual orientation, gender, and more.

Disciplinary Procedure

Refers to a business’ process and procedures for dealing with issues and instances of misconduct. Ordinarily, a disciplinary procedure is created with the intention of maximising the likelihood of termination which may result from the process and not be considered as harsh. The criteria for what is considered as harsh is set out in the section 387 of the Fair Work Act 2009.

Discrimination

Happens when a person, or a group of people, is treated less favourably than another person or group because of their background or certain personal characteristics. This may occur both in a direct or indirect manner.

Dispute Resolution

Refers to processes of resolving differences between two or more parties. This is often done by identifying disputed issues, developing options and considering alternatives in an effort for both parties to reach mutually acceptable agreement.

Due Diligence

Act of investigating a person or business during a sale, purchase, or acquisition. Due diligence allows employers to make more informed decisions about the business and minimise risk before agreeing to a final sale, purchase or acquisition. Depending on the purpose of the investigation, the process may be voluntary or required by law.

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