Yearly Archives: 2020

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JobKeeper Update: What’s changing from 28 September 2020?

By now, many businesses will be preparing for reduced JobKeeper payments which start from 28 September 2020. During the first extension period of the JobKeeper scheme, from 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021, JobKeeper payments will be reduced to $1,200 or $750 per fortnight depending on the hours worked by eligible employees. Payments will [...]

By | September 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on JobKeeper Update: What’s changing from 28 September 2020?

No Signed Employment Contract: An Expensive Mistake

A signed employment contract is often the bedrock of good risk management. For me, it’s as important as making sure I always have enough fuel in my car to travel up to 5km from my home (and back again) to get groceries! All too often, employers get themselves into legal trouble by not having signed [...]

By | September 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on No Signed Employment Contract: An Expensive Mistake

JobKeeper 2.0: What’s changing?

COVID-19 has proved to be a stubborn thorn in the side of Australia’s economic recovery. Thus, it has been necessary for the Federal Government to extend its economic support past the original end date of 27 September 2020. On 1 September 2020, the Government passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (JobKeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020. [...]

By | September 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on JobKeeper 2.0: What’s changing?

JobKeeper enabling stand down: the burden of reduced hours must be fair

The introduction of JobKeeper was accompanied by changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“FW Act”) which gave eligible employers new powers. This included the power to issue a “JobKeeper enabling direction” (“JED”) to Jobkeeper employees. Among other things, JEDs allow employers to unilaterally reduce an employee’s hours, including to zero. This is referred [...]

By | August 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on JobKeeper enabling stand down: the burden of reduced hours must be fair

Independent Contractor Relationships: “An Area Replete With Traps For The Unwary”

The use of independent contractors instead of employees may seem an attractive alternative for some businesses during these uncertain times. However, be warned – this area is full of traps for the unwary. This article considers the two recent cases of Jamsek v ZG Operations Australia Pty Ltd [2020] FCAFC 119 and CFMMEU v Personnel [...]

By | August 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Independent Contractor Relationships: “An Area Replete With Traps For The Unwary”

Jobkeeper enabling direction: you can’t treat all employees the same

Many of the new powers that employers have under the jobkeeper amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“FW Act”) cannot be exercised unreasonably in all of the circumstances. The Transport Workers Union of Australia v Prosegur Australia is the first Full Bench authority which has considered the meaning of “unreasonable in all circumstances”. [...]

By | July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Jobkeeper enabling direction: you can’t treat all employees the same

Exciting Announcements for WestmoreJacobs®

Promotion to Associate: Katherine Stewart We are excited to announce that Katherine has received a well-deserved promotion to Associate. Katherine has been with WestmoreJacobs® for over two years and has been a fantastic contributor to the firm’s success to date. We would like to thank her for her tireless commitment to the firm and congratulate [...]

By | July 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Exciting Announcements for WestmoreJacobs®

Uncertain Times: 1.75% Staggered Wage Increase

On 19 June 2020, the Annual Wage Review 2019-2020 decision was handed down by the Fair Work Commission. This decision followed the review of the national minimum wage (“NMW”) and modern award (“Award”) minimum wages for the next financial year. This year’s review was unprecedented. The Commission highlighted the extraordinary shock of COVID-19 to the [...]

By | June 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Uncertain Times: 1.75% Staggered Wage Increase

The Pitfalls of JobKeeper and COVID-19 Work Practices

The Pitfalls of JobKeeper and COVID-19 Work Practices The JobKeeper scheme is an ambitious lifeline to employers, codified in legislation less than two weeks after its initial announcement. However, the scheme’s fine print and changing work practices due to COVID-19 may create unforeseen complications for employers. This article considers 4 such examples.   Employees may [...]

By | May 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Pitfalls of JobKeeper and COVID-19 Work Practices

JobKeeper: A Novel Response to a Novel Virus

Governments around the world have adopted a range of contemporary economic solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. The JobKeeper package is no exception. On 9 April 2020, the Australian Government introduced the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Rules 2020 (Cth). These rules outline the requirements for employer and employee eligibility to JobKeeper payments. Some of the [...]

By | April 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments