COVID-19 | Trackies to trousers: Transitioning from home to the physical workplace

What will COVID normal look like for your business? With the continued easing of restrictions across Australia, more and more businesses will be looking to transition employees from home (whether on a working from home arrangement or due to a period of stand down, leave or reduced hours) and back into their physical workplace. Just […]

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COVID-19 | Webinar | Trackies to trousers: Transitioning from home to the physical workplace

With the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions across Australia, more employers are transitioning their employees back to the physical workplace. As with the move to working from home, employers will likely face challenges in the return to face to face operations. In this webinar, Brett Feltham (Partner), Siobhan Mulcahy (Partner) and Emma Moran (Senior Associate) […]

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JobMaker: How the Federal Budget Hiring Credit scheme works

The Federal Government has recently announced the introduction of the JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme, designed to give businesses incentives to employ younger, unemployed job seekers.  The scheme is expected to support around 450,000 employment positions. As part of the 2020/2021 Federal Budget, the JobMaker scheme targets the creation of new jobs, as opposed to the […]

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COVID-19 | Webinar | JobKeeper 2.0 and changes to the Fair Work Act – what you need to know

Last week, the Federal Government agreed a six month, $32 billion extension to the COVID-19 JobKeeper Scheme (see our full update here). Australian businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, and the Scheme has helped many stay afloat since its introduction in March. In this webinar (hosted on Thursday, 10 September 2020), Brett Feltham […]

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COVID-19 | JobKeeper 2.0 and changes to the Fair Work Act – what you need to know

The Federal Government has agreed an extension to the COVID-19 JobKeeper scheme, with major changes being implemented imminently. Amending legislation was passed by Federal parliament on 1 September 2020. The effect of COVID-19 on Australian businesses has been profound, and staying at the forefront of critical changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and […]

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Notional day or working day? The High Court rules on the Mondelez case

In our previous article, we discussed the landmark Full Federal Court decision regarding the interpretation of what constitutes a ‘day’ in relation to the calculation of paid personal/carer’s leave under the National Employment Standards (NES) in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). Since then, special leave was granted by the High Court to […]

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COVID-19 | Modern slavery update

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) came into force on 1 January 2019 and established a national modern slavery reporting requirement for large businesses and other entities in the Australian market with annual consolidated revenue of at least $100 million. Our previous article sets out a comprehensive overview of the legislation and the steps that […]

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COVID-19 | Webinar | Stories from the Employer Frontline

Employers are facing significant challenges in managing their workforces through the constantly changing risk, economic and regulatory environment presenting as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. During this webinar (hosted on Thursday 14 May), our panel discussed in depth the nitty gritty of some complex real life examples playing out for employers and most […]

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COVID-19 | Is your policy register current?

The highly infectious nature of COVID-19, the ability of the virus to kill, and the disastrous impact the virus has shown it can have on a national economy all lead to one certain point.  Once a vaccine for COVID-19 is available every employer will need to consider whether they are doing enough in their workplace […]

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COVID-19 | The JobKeeper Payment – What this might mean for your business [updated to be current as at 26 April 2020]

The Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 (Cth) (Payments and Benefits Act) and Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020 (Cth) (Omnibus Act) implement a framework for economic response payments known as the JobKeeper scheme and temporarily amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) by applying specific COVID-19 provisions. Following the […]

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FMCG Express | April Edition

It has been a tumultuous start to 2020, with the devastating droughts and bushfire season, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian businesses have been faced with unprecedented challenges, and the impact on the FMCG, retail and hospitality sectors has been profound. While some areas of the FMCG sector are on the up, others are struggling, […]

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COVID-19 | Webinar | The JobKeeper Payment: What this might mean for your business

To assist companies through the economic impacts of COVID-19, the Federal Government recently announced the JobKeeper Payment package. Under the support package, eligible businesses impacted by the coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Eligible employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 […]

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