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 | 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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You are on notice – comply or run the risk of serious consequences well beyond back-pay!

“…if there is a major business in Australia who doesn’t consider itself on notice that they have to invest and improve their systems of payments, and their platforms, and their technology, and their auditing, then that system, that company would have rocks in its head… you’re on notice.” Industrial Relations Minister and Attorney-General Christian Porter […]

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Annualised wage arrangements – changes commence 1 March 2020

The Fair Work Commission has determined that revised annualised wage provisions will be inserted into a number of modern awards from 1 March 2020, including the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 and Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010. Employers that utilise an annualised wage arrangement under a modern award will be required […]

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Victoria to introduce offence of Industrial Manslaughter: What does it mean for employers?

The Victorian Parliament recently passed the Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and Other Matters) Bill 2019 (Bill), to introduce a new offence of ‘industrial manslaughter’ under section 39G of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (OHS Act). The Bill comes just months after the national “Review of the model WHS laws: Final report” […]

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Fine Dining Room or Dining Room Fined?

At the moment, we have a perfect storm of Australian culture and the economy making for headlines. There is an extensive focus on food and fine dining spilling over to reality television shows and the cult of the celebrity chef generating pages of newspapers, magazines and hours of television. This has also involved a competitive […]

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Federal Government and Cadbury seek leave to appeal Federal Court decision that left bad taste in employers’ mouths

The Federal Government and major employer Mondelez, who operates a Cadbury plant in Tasmania, will seek leave to appeal last month’s landmark Full Federal Court decision regarding paid personal/carers’ leave, to the High Court. The decision concerned the meaning of the word “day” for the purpose of the entitlement to 10 days paid personal/carer’s leave […]

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No second bite at the cherry for casual employees seeking leave entitlements: Government introduces new regulations to tackle “double dipping”

In response to last year’s landmark Full Federal Court decision, WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene,[1] (see our earlier article here) the Government has introduced new regulations which allow employers, in certain circumstances, to offset the casual loading paid to an employee against certain entitlements that may otherwise be owed to the employee if they are […]

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The Fair Work Commission Tackles “Flexism”

In recent years, there has been a push to ensure employees are not subject to sexism, ageism and racism in the workforce. The new term ‘flexism’[1], has now taken the spotlight. The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently handed down a decision considering ‘family friendly work arrangements’ as a part of […]

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