Monthly Archives: April 2020


COVID-19 workplace health and safety update

27

Apr 2020

COVID-19 workplace health and safety update

10 National COVID-19 safe workplace principles announced The National Cabinet has agreed to 10 ‘National COVID-19 safe workplace principles’ to underpin the development of further work health and safety (WHS) guidance on COVID-19. Safe Work Australia (SWA) will develop and endorse the guidance to help employers manage health and safety...

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JobKeeper Update: ‘One in, all in’ confirmed

21

Apr 2020

JobKeeper Update: ‘One in, all in’ confirmed

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has yesterday issued advice requiring employers to adopt a “one in, all in” approach in respect of the JobKeeper scheme. This means that employers must nominate all employees (i.e. not just a select few), although employees can choose not to participate in the scheme (for...

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Modern awards amended to respond to COVID 19

14

Apr 2020

Modern awards amended to respond to COVID 19

On 8 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission (Commission) made temporary changes to 99 modern awards via the insertion of a new Schedule, which provides employees with: an entitlement to take unpaid ‘pandemic leave’; and the ability to take annual leave at half pay. These changes apply until 30 June...

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JobKeeper changes to the Fair Work Act pass Parliament

09

Apr 2020

JobKeeper changes to the Fair Work Act pass Parliament

On 8 April 2020, the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No.2) Bill 2020 passed both Houses of Parliament, temporarily inserting Part 6-4C into the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act). This Bill is awaiting Royal Assent. Fortnightly payment As addressed in our 7 April 2020 Legal Alert, under the JobKeeper Scheme, eligible employers...

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Government provides insight into changes to the Fair Work Act 2009

08

Apr 2020

Government provides insight into changes to the Fair Work Act 2009

Yesterday, Christian Porter MP disclosed further details of the Government’s ‘JobKeeper’ legislation, which will amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) to enable qualifying employers to: Implement “JobKeeper enabling stand downs”, allowing employers to alter hours worked by employees while applying the Act’s existing ‘useful employment test’, while “taking into...

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Approach COVID-19 related redundancies with caution

08

Apr 2020

Approach COVID-19 related redundancies with caution

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (Commission) in Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union v Auscript Australasia Pty Ltd highlights the importance of employers complying with mandatory consultation obligations in respect of COVID-19 related redundancies. Summary In January 2020, Auscript determined to close or partially close its offices in...

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