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New criminal penalties for wage theft in Victoria
Insight 09 Jul 2020

Employers, directors and officers may be criminally liable for underpayments of wages and other employee benefits, as well as for failures to keep records of employee entitlements. ...

Legislating the right to work – an overview of ACT's Human Rights (Workers Rights) Amendment Act 2020
Insight 09 Jul 2020

The new right to work protections mean that ACT legislatures, government agencies and the Legislative Assembly will need to consider these additional HRA rights when developing and implementing legislation and policy. ...

Federal Court opts to rule on Qantas stand down case
Insight 09 Jul 2020

The Federal Court has decided to adjudicate a dispute between Qantas and its aircraft engineers about the legality of Qantas' and Jetstar's decision to stand down employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Unilaterally reducing an employee's hours may create a redundancy pay liability
Insight 09 Jul 2020

If you propose to significantly reduce an employee's hours of work, you should carefully take this decision into account. If the same circumstances exist, the employee may be entitled to a redundancy payment, even though the employee remains employed by the same employer. ...

1 July 2020: new financial year, new increases to minimum wages
Insight 09 Jul 2020

Employees need to be mindful of increases to minimum rates of pay, as well as the impact of increases to the high income threshold and the maximum super contribution base. ...

When the wrong version of an EA is approved by the FWC
Insight 09 Jul 2020

There is no simple fix where an employer submits, and the FWC approves, the wrong version of an enterprise agreement. The employer will need to appeal the decision approving the enterprise agreement, submit the agreement to another vote and apply again to have the agreement approved. ...

Workplace manslaughter: Victoria's new workplace crime
Insight 03 Jul 2020

Under Victoria's new offence of workplace manslaughter, if a corporation or officer (which can extend to senior managers) is negligent and that results in a fatality, there will be a risk of criminal prosecution. Individuals will risk a lengthy sentence of imprisonment. ...

Lime shines light on product safety representations and product recalls
Insight 25 Jun 2020

The ACCC's action against Lime demonstrates that businesses must carefully consider what actions may constitute a 'recall', particularly where electronic products are supplied. It also serves as a reminder that product safety issues can be regarded as a breach of the Australian Consumer Law and can give rise to pecuniary penalties. ...

The road back to workplaces – 10 safe workplace principles for managing safety risks
Insight 02 Jun 2020

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, businesses preparing to transition their workers back to their usual workplaces need to keep in mind the 10 'National COVID-19 Safe Workplace Principles' (Safe Workplace Principles), announced by the Morrison Government on 24 April 2020, in managing their work health and safety (WHS) risks in light of the serious health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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. ...

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