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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. ...

Greater than the sum of its parts – an excerpt on exceptional circumstances
Insight 02 Jun 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has confirmed that the convergence of a series of ordinary events can give rise to 'exceptional circumstances' within the meaning of section 366 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act). ...

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 ...

JobKeeper fortnights – do two fortnights equal a month?
Insight 02 Jun 2020

The Fair Work Commission (the FWC ) has released an opinion on how to deal with monthly paid employees under the JobKeeper scheme. 1 ...

Permanent casual – like smart casual, a very ambiguous category indeed
Insight 02 Jun 2020

In its widely anticipated decision, the Full Federal Court (Full Court) has decided that a labour hire employee was a permanent employee, despite being engaged as a 'casual' by a labour hire firm, WorkPac, for almost four years. ...

Coverage of the Miscellaneous Award widened to cover some award-free employees
Insight 02 Jun 2020

From 1 July 2020, the Miscellaneous Award will cover a wide range of low-skilled and trade-qualified employees who were previously award-free. ...

Officers of a parent company may be found officers despite not having an official position or title in the subsidiary
Insight 02 Jun 2020

On 11 March 2020, the High Court of Australia (HCA) handed-down its decision in ASIC v King [2020] HCA 4 (ASIC v King), which considered the extended meaning of 'officer' under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act). ...

JobKeeper insights from the FWC
Insight 02 Jun 2020

COVID-19 and the introduction of the JobKeeper scheme has had a critical impact on business. In a recent statement, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) shared valuable insights on the trends in disputes emerging in the early days of the scheme and how it will manage these cases moving forward. ...

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 ...

WFH during COVID-19 crisis leaves employers vulnerable to WHS liability
Insight 02 Jun 2020

With an unprecedented number of employees now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers must be increasingly alert to the work health and safety (WHS) implications arising out of these arrangements. ...