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Common sense prevails for personal leave: High Court decision in Mondelez

The High Court of Australia handed down its much awaited decision about personal leave entitlements in Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v AMWU & Ors and Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations v AMWU ...

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Labour hire – contractors or employees?

Following on from the May 2020 Full Federal Court decision in Rossato, in July 2020 the Full Federal Court handed down its judgment in another labour hire case, Construction, Forestry, Maritime...

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Review your workplace COVID Plan

Yesterday’s announcement by the Victorian Premier of the Stage 4 restrictions for workplaces means it is timely for employers to review their COVID Plan.

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New Wage Theft Bill Passed by Victorian Parliament

With much recent debate at the Federal and State level about criminalising employee underpayments, on 16 June 2020, the Victorian Parliament passed the Wage Theft Bill 2020.

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WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato

Last week, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia handed down the decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84 dismissing WorkPac’s application for a declaration that Mr Rossato...

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Returning to work under COVIDSafe workplace plans and other recent trends

Last week the Australian Government announced a three step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.

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Understanding the JobKeeper scheme

This article aims to provide a summary of the rules relating to the JobKeeper scheme.

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JobKeeper Scheme Passes Parliament

As anticipated, on 8 April 2020, the Federal Parliament passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 and related legislation which establishes the JobKeeper...

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FWC announces intent to temporarily amend Awards to provide new leave benefits

On 1 April 2020, the FWC announced a provisional view that it will amend 103 modern awards to include a new temporary Schedule that will operate until 30 June 2020, subject to review by the...

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JobKeeper Payments – Information for Employers

In its efforts to provide much needed relief to employers and employees from the financial impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government has announced the JobKeeper Payment scheme to support...

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Managing employer responses to the Coronavirus

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19) was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City, China. Many employers now face the question of how to respond to the unfolding outbreak and need to determine...

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Quick guide to new modern slavery laws

New Modern Slavery laws are now in place and you may be legally required to submit an annual modern slavery statement.

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Damage to an employer’s reputation can trump free speech and justify dismissal

In the wake of the closely watched proceedings recently commenced by Israel Folau regarding the termination of his employment for his comments on social media, the right of a public sector employee...

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Modern slavery laws in Australia and New South Wales: a ‘how to’ guide for organisations

These new legislative regimes in Australia have been largely inspired by existing modern slavery and transparency legislation in the UK and the USA.

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Review 2019

With significant regulatory change coming into effect the spotlight is staying firmly on culture, ethics and regulatory compliance. An organisation’s social licence to operate remains a priority...

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Navigating changes to the employment landscape in FY20

As we approach 1 July, it is important to assess changes in the employment landscape for the next financial year.

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Employee Incentive Plans – which plan should you adopt?

What are employee incentive plans and why do employers use them?

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The Whistle has finally blown – New whistleblower regime commences

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Redundancy pay exception – ordinary and customary turnover of labour

Employers engaged in contracting sectors – such as providing outsourced services to third parties under contracts for specified periods (e.g. catering, cleaning or maintenance contracts) – cannot...

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Class actions in Australia’s employment law landscape: 2019 and beyond

Class actions are set to become a prominent feature of the Australian employment law landscape.

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Casual employees: not so casual when it comes to annual leave

Employers can no longer assume that casual employees are not entitled to paid annual leave.

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Proposed amendments to whistleblower laws – what’s new?

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017), which is currently before the Senate, consolidates the existing whistleblowers’ regime in the corporate and financial...

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Workplace investigations: does an employer have a duty to take reasonable care?

Workplace investigations are becoming more common in the employment landscape. Australian courts have been required to scrutinise the extent to which an employer owes a duty to their employees.

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Update on labour hire licensing laws

South Australia and Queensland have recently introduced new labour hire licensing legislation to provide greater protections for workers and accountability for employers in the labour hire industry.

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Legislation Update - Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic)

The Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) (Act) received Royal Assent on 15 May 2018 and will repeal and replace the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic).

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