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Easing of COVID-19 restrictions prompts return to work planning
Insight 02 Jun 2020

States and territories have recently eased the restrictions on business closures and public gatherings, prompting a wave of return to work planning. However, businesses need to be aware of a variet ...

A pathway to sensible, long-lasting reform – the Federal Government's 'JobMaker' agenda
Insight 02 Jun 2020

In a briefing to the National Press Club on 26 May 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined the Federal Government's 'JobMaker' agenda as a key aspect of its plan for economic recovery from the ...

Varying redundancy payments due to COVID-19 hardship
Insight 02 Jun 2020

For some employers, managing the impact of COVID-19 on their business may ultimately involve making redundancies, and some may struggle to meet their obligations to employees with respect to redundancy pay. This article considers this scenario in the context of two recent Fair Work Commission decisions. ...

Should access to personal leave be permitted during stand downs?
Insight 02 Jun 2020

On 18 May 2020, the Federal Court found that Qantas is not required to pay personal/carer's leave to employees stood down without pay during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Toksave - PNG regulatory update: emergency Parliament sitting; K5.6 billion stimulus package passed; two-month extension of state of emergency; and other developments
Insight 06 May 2020

PNG Parliament convened urgent session and passed K5.6 billion stimulus package; 14-day state of emergency extended by another two months, to June 2020; new emergency laws enacted; Bank of PNG announced new monetary and fiscal measures; IRC granted tax exemptions; IPA waived certain company statutory obligations; superannuation funds announced proposed amendments to superannuation law; PNG Government refused extension of Barrick special mining lease; and proposed plan for freight subsidies for air and sea transport. ...

Overhaul of Victorian environmental laws delayed until 1 July 2021
Insight 29 Apr 2020

The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (Vic) (EP Act), which was set to commence on 1 July 2020 (and overhaul environmental laws in Victoria) will now commence on1 July 2021 as part of a suite of emergency measures in response to COVID-19. Our team looks at the COVID-19 Act and how it relates ...

ASIC's new work schedule and priorities in light of the COVID-19 crisis
Insight 16 Apr 2020

On 14 April, ASIC published a media release detailing changes to its regulatory framework and priorities in light of COVID-19. This follows an earlier statement by ASIC, which indicated that it would temporarily change its regulatory work and priorities to allow it and regulated entities to focus on the impact of COVID-19. ...

PNG's response to COVID-19
Insight 16 Apr 2020

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus disease 2019, or 'COVID-19', a global pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 16 April 2020, most countries around the world have reported cases of ...

The latest ACCC authorisations letting businesses work together during the pandemic; a spanner in the works for a power tool distributor's plans to set minimum prices; and ACCC COVID-19 Taskforce's success with early intervention
Insight 14 Apr 2020

ACCC grants further authorisations to allow businesses to work together during pandemic; competition in the hot seat to drive economic recovery, says ACCC Chair Rod Sims; ACCC calls on 1300 Austral ...

COVID-19™ – will coronavirus-related trade marks and patent pooling be part of the new normal?
Insight 25 Jun 2020

No COVID-19 related trade marks have yet been registered in Australia; however, several applications are pending, and at least one mark containing the word COVID has been accepted for registration. ...

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