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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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Dollars and sense: the evolution of executive remuneration practices
Insight 30 Sep 2020

The need for robust executive remuneration frameworks is becoming increasingly important as companies tackle the challenges arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, a heightened regulatory environment and the need to strike the right balance with executives to drive and reward conduct and performance t ...

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. ...