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Fair Work Commission agrees to vary the Clerks Award in light of COVID-19
Insight 01 Apr 2020

On Saturday 28 March 2020, the Fair Work Commission introduced temporary changes to the Clerks – Private Sector Award in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on clerical and administrative employees. An employer can now agree (in writing, including by email) with an individual employee to reduce the employee's hours (including by more than 25%) or to move the employee temporarily from full-time to part-time hours of work, and reduce their pay proportionately. ...

FWC considers unfair dismissal procedural requirements
Insight 01 Apr 2020

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ordered a case be reheard after it was found that adequate consideration was not given at first instance to whether a dismissed employee had been notified of, and given an opportunity to respond to, a valid reason for his dismissal. ...

OAIC releases new privacy guidelines for employers in response to spread of COVID-19
Insight 01 Apr 2020

Employers should collect, use and disclose as little information as is reasonably necessary to prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This includes taking the temperature of employees and visitors entering the workplace for the limited purpose of preventing or managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace (provided that as little information as is reasonably necessary should be collected for that purpose). ...

Amnesty for historical superannuation non-compliance
Insight 01 Apr 2020

The newly introduced superannuation guarantee (SG) amnesty scheme provides a one-off amnesty to encourage employers to self-correct historical SG non-compliance. This is done by allowing employers to claim tax deductions for contributions made during the amnesty period, as well as waiving certain penalties and fees that may otherwise apply in relation to historical SG non-compliance. ...

Toothless sexual harassment training leaves employer liable for sexual harassment
Insight 01 Apr 2020

Employers should ensure they take 'all reasonable steps' to prevent their employees from engaging in sexual harassment and any behaviour contrary to the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act. If an employer does not, it is likely to be vicariously liable for employees' offending conduct. ...

First prosecution for breach of new Heavy Vehicle National Law chain of responsibility duties
Insight 01 Apr 2020

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has commenced its first prosecution into duty holders under the new chain of responsibility (CoR) provisions of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), which has been adopted in all states and territories (other than Western Australian and the Northern Territory). ...

Queensland's new regulatory framework for safety in the resources industry
Insight 25 Mar 2020

Queensland Parliament has passed legislation that, when it comes into effect on 1 July 2020, will change the state's regulatory framework for safety and health in the resources industry. Significantly, these laws are likely to further facilitate the increasing regulatory emphasis on enforcement ...

Controversial Religious Discrimination Bill back in the spotlight
Insight 18 Feb 2020

The Federal Government has released second exposure drafts of its proposed legislation on religious discrimination, as part of another round of public consultation. ...

Do employers need to start telling their employees to limber up before heading home?
Insight 18 Feb 2020

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has decided that a knee injury sustained by an employee when he was 'lightly jogging' to the staff bus after his shift had arisen out of his employment. ...

Employee reinstated despite breaching 'zero tolerance' drug policy
Insight 17 Feb 2020

The Fair Work Commission has ordered the reinstatement of an employee following inconsistencies in an employer's 'zero-tolerance' policy regarding drug and alcohol use. ...