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LEGAL ALERT: Dismissal for refusing to vaccinate not unfair

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Apr 2021

LEGAL ALERT: Dismissal for refusing to vaccinate not unfair

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that an employee’s dismissal for refusing an influenza vaccination was lawful, in a case that may have significant implications in view of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out. In Ms Bou-Jamie Barber v Goodstart Early Learning [2021] FWC 2156, the employee was dismissed by Goodstart Early Learning for...

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LEGAL ALERT: Casual employment changes pass Parliament

22

Mar 2021

LEGAL ALERT: Casual employment changes pass Parliament

In December 2020, the Morrison Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (Omnibus Bill) to Parliament, containing a range of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009, including defining casual employment; anti-double dipping provisions for casuals subsequently claiming paid leave; extending the JobKeeper flexibilities in certain modern awards; changes...

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LEGAL ALERT: Labour Hire Licensing Breaches – a timely reminder

17

Feb 2021

LEGAL ALERT: Labour Hire Licensing Breaches – a timely reminder

In a timely reminder for businesses reliant on labour hire providers, a decision out of Queensland confirms the need to be prudent in business dealings and take all steps to ensure that those providers required to be registered and licensed comply with their legal obligations. Queensland poultry processor B&E Poultry...

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LEGAL ALERT: Warning for employers – proposed end to ‘zombie’ collective/enterprise agreements

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Feb 2021

LEGAL ALERT: Warning for employers – proposed end to ‘zombie’ collective/enterprise agreements

In December 2020, the Morrison Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (Omnibus Bill) to Parliament. The Omnibus Bill proposes to introduce a sunset deadline into the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act), terminating all pre-2009 collective/enterprise agreements by 1 July 2022. Parliament has not passed the Omnibus Bill,...

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LEGAL ALERT: Vaccination Related Dismissal

21

Jan 2021

LEGAL ALERT: Vaccination Related Dismissal

The recent Fair Work Commission case of Glover v Ozcare [2021] FWC 231 serves as an important reminder to employers that it is their actions – and not always their intent – which determine whether an employee has been dismissed, after it was found that an aged-care worker was unfairly...

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LEGAL ALERT: Modern Awards Pay Database

12

Jan 2021

LEGAL ALERT: Modern Awards Pay Database

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has published an online Modern Award Pay Database to help clarify each modern award’s minimum rates of pay. The database, which is comprised of 5 spread sheets (awards, classifications, wage-related allowances, expense-related allowances and penalty rates), currently contains data from 1 July 2015 to 18...

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LEGAL ALERT: Update: JobKeeper 2.0 approved

02

Sep 2020

LEGAL ALERT: Update: JobKeeper 2.0 approved

As foreshadowed by our 26 August 2020 legal alert, the Government’s amendments to the JobKeeper Scheme have passed both Houses of Parliament, meaning the Scheme will be extended from 27 September 2020 until 28 March 2021. Under the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (JobKeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020 (Bill), employers who previously had access...

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