Upright Employment

Making compliance with employment laws easy

Small Business is the largest employment sector in Australian business. Owners/Managers are often time poor, or have simply neglected to understand and maintain their minimum employment obligations.

This includes keeping employee records, providing proper pay slips, and understanding how a modern award covers and applies to their business under the Australian Fair Work Act 2009.

Here at Upright Employment, we ensure your employment systems and processes meet regulations, so you can focus on running your business.

Latest amendments to the Australian Fair Work Act

Financial penalties for contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 can cause serious monetary damage to any Employer who is detected by the Regulator for failing to comply. Amendments to the Act from 15 September 2017 introduced a Reverse Onus of Proof that, if you failed to keep a statutory record, failed to issue pay slips, the onus of proof is now on the Employer to disprove any claim by an employee or former employee who alleges they were underpaid wages and entitlements. The amendments also increased the monetary penalty amounts for “serious contraventions”.

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Our services

Upright Employment can review and assess your records for compliance with:

  • Employer obligations in relation to employee records for section 535 of the Act
  • Employer obligations in relation to pay slips for section 536 of the Act
  • Compliance with the terms and conditions prescribed by a modern award for Section 45 of the Act

A detailed written report will be provided within 14 days of the completed review. A visit to your place of business for a face to face consultation can be arranged. Travel fees apply outside of the Brisbane metro region.

We can also assist with:

  • Drafting of Award Flexibility Agreements (IFA’s). Modern Awards contain an Award Flexibility clause. IFA’s can be useful for working out an “all up” hourly or weekly rate to cover payments for allowances, penalty rates, arrangements for when work is performed, overtime and leave loading payments.
  • Evaluating if you need HR Policies and provide employment policy guidance relevant to your business.


I have worked for 29 years in the field of workplace relations/employment law, most recently as a Fair Work Inspector with the Fair Work Ombudsman, from 2006 to 2017.


We focus on the administrative needs of small business owners and managers, and provide assistance and advice that will ensure your employment systems are in a state of conscious compliance.


We possess a high level knowledge of how to comply with employer obligations under the Act, and can give you guidance about how the Award applies to your business and your employees.

Contact us today for a free consultation

Phone 0468 744 545
Fax 07 3041 6079

Gordon Zigenbine

Gordon Zigenbine

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