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Government releases workplace guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations
Insight 22 Feb 2021

The Fair Work Ombudsman and Safe Work Australia have released guidance on Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout. ...

2020 employment law highlights
Insight 04 Feb 2021

This article highlights the three particularly significant cases that have informed some of the major industrial law reforms proposed by the Government in December 2020, incl: Rossato, Mondelez and Qantas stand downs. ...

JobKeeper ends in March 2021 
Insight 04 Feb 2021

The Federal Government's JobKeeper scheme is due to be entirely phased out from 29 March 2021. Here we provide an update to our previous Insight in relation to the changes to the JobKeeper scheme. ...

COVID-safe behaviour despite lifting of restrictions
Insight 04 Feb 2021

Following a year of nationwide lockdowns, employers will need to remain vigilant of COVID-19 risks as more businesses start to return workforces to the physical workplace. ...

Can employers mandate COVID-19 vaccinations?
Insight 28 Jan 2021

With Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout expected to commence in February, many employers are considering whether they can mandate vaccinations for employees entering their workplace. ...

Industrial relations reform bill introduced by Federal Government
Insight 11 Dec 2020

The Federal Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 into Parliament. This omnibus Bill aims to reform five areas of industrial relations which have been the focus of the IR reform roundtables held by the Government. ...

Federal court awards largest ever adverse action payout
Insight 16 Nov 2020

A senior employee was awarded $5.2m after he was dismissed, with the Federal Court deciding his employer took adverse action against him and hence breached his employment contract. ...

Pandemic caused stoppage of work, says Federal Court in Qantas stand down dispute
Insight 16 Nov 2020

The Federal Court has confirmed that government restrictions on travel and quarantine measures stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic caused a stoppage of work for the purpose of stand downs initiated by Qantas and Jetstar under their enterprise agreements. ...

Western Australia's WHS Act to introduce industrial manslaughter laws
Insight 16 Nov 2020

Western Australia has joined the harmonised work health and safety (WHS) regime, in line with New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania. Victoria will continue to operate under a separate regime. The Work Health and Safety Act 2019 (WA) (the Act) passed through the Legislative Assembly on 3 November 2020. ...

Nucleus – corporate law developments: ASIC concludes stub equity consultation; FIRB amending legislation introduced; FIRB updates guidance on tax conditions; proposal to make electronic signing and virtual meetings permanent; and other corporate law developments
Insight 02 Nov 2020

ASIC concludes position on use of stub equity in control transactions; ASX extends emergency class waivers and clarifies ability to ratify use of additional placement capacity; FIRB amending legislation introduced to Parliament; FIRB updates guidance on tax conditions; ACCC to examine competition in mobile apps; Fair Work Commission extends temporary COVID-19 flexibilities in 99 modern awards; Federal Government proposes to make electronic signing and virtual meetings permanent. ...

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