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NOPSEMA issues safety alert for COVID-19 roster changes
Insight 12 Jun 2020

On 7 April 2020, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA), issued a Safety Alert to all operators of offshore facilities who may be considering modified roster arrangements to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among members of the offshore workforce.  ...

Overhaul of Victorian environmental laws delayed
Insight 12 Jun 2020

The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (Vic) (EP Act), which was set to commence on 1 July 2020 (and overhaul environmental laws in Victoria) will now commence on 1 July 2021 as a part of a suite of emergency measures in response to COVID-19. ...

ACCC conditional interim authorisations
Insight 12 Jun 2020

Since 20 March 2020, the ACCC has granted a number of urgent interim authorisations across a range of industries allowing businesses to collaborate in response to COVID-19. ...

Temporary flexibility introduced for work-bid exploration permits
Insight 12 Jun 2020

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources released a new fact sheet, 'COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Work-Bid Exploration Permits' which is effective from 20 April 2020 (COVID-19 Fact Sheet). ...

Major proposed changes to FIRB regime
Insight 05 Jun 2020

On 5 June 2020 the Federal Treasurer announced major proposed changes to Australia's FIRB regime to address national security risks and ensure greater compliance with FIRB approval conditions. ...

Even broad governmental powers have limitations - Brett Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture
Insight 04 Jun 2020

The decision in Brett Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture serves as a timely reminder that there are limits on the exercise of seemingly broad governmental powers, and is especially relevant at a time where governmental powers are being used to respond rapidly to the COVID-19 crisis. ...

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. ...

Varying redundancy payments due to COVID-19 hardship
Insight 02 Jun 2020

For some employers, managing the impact of COVID-19 on their business may ultimately involve making redundancies, and some may struggle to meet their obligations to employees with respect to redundancy pay. This article considers this scenario in the context of two recent Fair Work Commission decisions. ...

Easing of COVID-19 restrictions prompts return to work planning
Insight 02 Jun 2020

States and territories have recently eased the restrictions on business closures and public gatherings, prompting a wave of return to work planning. However, businesses need to be aware of a variet ...

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