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Nucleus – corporate law developments: Second tranche of draft FIRB reforms; ASIC Corporate Plan for 2020-24; High Court clarifies personal/carer's leave entitlements; and other corporate law developments
Insight 25 Sep 2020

Second tranche of draft FIRB reforms released; ASIC releases Corporate Plan for 2020-24; ASIC grants relief for escrow and non-promotional communications for IPOs and updates RG5 and RG254; High Court sides with employers and clarifies personal/carer's leave entitlements; ACCC releases ninth interim gas inquiry report; extension of temporary COVID-19 continuous disclosure and insolvency relief measures; ALRC reports on Australia's corporate criminal responsibility regime. ...

Social media – reinstated after pressing send to the wrong group
Insight 23 Sep 2020

The Fair Work Commission has ordered the reinstatement of an employee who was terminated for sending racist messages to a work WhatsApp group, on the grounds that his dismissal was unfair. ...

Standing down employees during COVID-19?
Insight 23 Sep 2020

Recent decisions of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) provide valuable insights for employers considering standing down their employees to ensure the ongoing viability of their business during COVID-19. This Insight considers cases arising out of decisions by employers to reduce their employees' working hours to zero. ...

Further changes to the JobKeeper scheme
Insight 23 Sep 2020

The temporary amendments that were introduced to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act) in relation to JobKeeper enabling directions will be extended until 28 March 2021, by a bill proposed by the Federal Government that has now been passed by Parliament. ...

Full Bench confirms breach of critical safety procedure justified dismissal
Insight 23 Sep 2020

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWCFB) has confirmed that a breach of a critical safety procedure can be grounds for dismissal, even where there is no actual risk of injury to any person as a result of the breach. ...

Franchisors – take notice!
Insight 23 Sep 2020

The Federal Court has recently confirmed the ability of the Fair Work Ombudsman to require employers to hand over documents created before vulnerable worker legislation came into force. ...

Changes to the JobKeeper scheme
Insight 18 Aug 2020

The JobKeeper scheme will be modified, and extended from 28 September 2020 until 30 March 2021. ...

Managing workers' safety concerns in the era of COVID-19
Insight 18 Aug 2020

Employers must take all steps reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise the risk of COVID-19 exposure and provide a safe work environment. Employees can refuse to work if there is an immediate threat to their health and safety. ...

Obligation to notify WorkSafe Victoria of confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis
Insight 18 Aug 2020

From 28 July 2020, employers in Victoria are required to notify WorkSafe of any confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the workplace. ...

Federal Court finds FWC can resolve Qantas stand down dispute
Insight 18 Aug 2020

The Federal Court has confirmed that the Fair Work Commission has jurisdiction to hear a dispute about the legality of stand downs Qantas and Jetstar initiated under their enterprise agreements, and has shed light on the dispute resolution clauses in those EAs. ...

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