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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

Options for Employers During COVID-19

  Employment laws have never changed more rapidly. On 8 April 2020, the Federal Government introduced the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020 (Cth). This legislation amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) as part of the new JobKeeper scheme. Importantly, it provides employers with more options to manage wage costs. [...]

By | April 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

COVID-19 and Managing Wage Costs

COVID-19 has created a fast-changing workplace relations space. There have never been so many options available to businesses to manage their wage costs. More are likely to come. Below are six ways for employers to (currently) manage wage costs. 1. Stand down Many businesses are standing down employees. However, employers should tread carefully before doing [...]

By | April 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2019 Employment Law Wrap-Up

  2019 may be remembered as the year where workplace relations gained prominence in the mainstream media. Matters involving celebrity chefs, Israel Folau and union bosses regularly made the front page. Yet behind the headlines were a number of significant developments in employment law. In our “Christmas Wrap-Up” we look at five of these developments, [...]

By | December 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Redundancy: Our Top Tips

After months of agonising, you make a tough decision. The business is going to make (or propose) redundancies. Now you need to think about implementation. Which position(s) should be made redundant? How am I going to break the news? Should redeployment be offered? Can redundant employees bring an unfair dismissal claim? Below we share our [...]

By | September 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Redundancy: Our Top Tips

Is It Constitutional for a Law to Restrict Public Service Employees’ Out-Of-Work Political Speech?

The High Court recently upheld laws which effectively provide that Australian Public Service (“APS”) employees can be dismissed for anonymous out-of-hours political communication. The Court held that these laws are not unconstitutional. In this article we discuss the recent High Court decision in Comcare v Banerji [2019] HCA 23. We explain why Ms Banerji argued [...]

By | September 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is It Constitutional for a Law to Restrict Public Service Employees’ Out-Of-Work Political Speech?

What can employers learn from George Calombaris?

Celebrity chef and former Masterchef judge George Calombaris has been engulfed in criticism recently. The scale of underpayments made by restaurants associated with him and the nature of regulatory action taken against those restaurants by the Fair Work Ombudsman (“FWO”) has re-ignited demands for new ‘wage theft’ laws to address non-compliance with Australia’s workplace laws. [...]

By | August 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What can employers learn from George Calombaris?

Can an Employee be Fired for Refusing to Use a Fingerprint Scanner? 

The recent Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission decision in Lee v Superior Wood [2019] FWCFB 2946 may limit the circumstances where an employer can safely dismiss an employee for failing to follow certain workplace policies. In this case, an employee was dismissed because he refused (after repeated warnings) to use an employer’s biometric [...]

By | July 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Can an Employee be Fired for Refusing to Use a Fingerprint Scanner? 

Dismissing Employees for Incapacity: Recent Changes to the Law

Given the recent interest in our seminars regarding dismissing employees who are incapable of performing their job because of illness or injury, we are republishing our article from October 2018. This article discussed the recent change in approach to capacity-based dismissals taken by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission. CSL Limited v Chris [...]

By | May 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dismissing Employees for Incapacity: Recent Changes to the Law