FMCG Express | October Edition

2020 continues to be an interesting year with COVID-19 still impacting our lives and businesses, although we are cautiously optimistic that we may be turning a corner here in Australia. In this edition of FMCG Express, we bring you some useful COVID-19 reading as we grapple with the ongoing effects of the pandemic and look […]

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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 | 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 | Webinar | JobKeeper | One month on

It’s one month since the JobKeeper payment was announced, and our panel of experts discussed what we are seeing in the market at the moment. Gadens Partners Siobhan Mulcahy (Employment Advisory), Peter Poulos  (Corporate Advisory & Tax) and Andrew Kennedy (Property & Construction) covered the ‘in-the-field’ challenges, practicalities and strategies in implementing JobKeeper, and how […]

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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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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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COVID-19 | Financial Assistance for Employers and Employees

Many Australians have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For business, this has involved significant decreases in turnover, and for individuals, the loss of jobs and reductions in income. In response to this crisis, the Australian Government has introduced a number of financial support measures, including those set out in the Coronavirus Economic Response […]

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COVID-19 | Managing coronavirus in the workplace: Is your business “pandemic” ready?

It has been a turbulent start to the incoming decade as many Australian businesses have had to deal with the implications of major natural disasters and pandemics, from unprecedented bushfires to a global outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). To assist employers we have created a guide to serve as the foundation for business decisions […]

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