Rising tide of financial distress

There is a rising tide of concern that we will soon see significant financial distress in the private sector.  Sobering headlines such as 'Building industry facing slump' (The Age, 20 May 2022) remind us that the worst of the pos...

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FWC upholds right of employer to dismiss vaccination refuser

In another unsuccessful claim by a vaccination refuser, the Fair Work Commission has found that an employee's employment was validly terminated on the ground that she was unable to meet the inherent requirements of her job – Isa...

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Silver Linings of the Pandemic – Federal Parliament Passes Permanent Changes to Allow Electronic Signing of Documents and Virtual Meetings

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicting court decisions around the country had fostered uncertainty as to whether a company could safely execute documents electronically. Amidst the great upheaval created by the spread of the ...

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Collecting proof of vaccination – How to navigate an employer’s privacy obligations

As we emerge out of covid lockdowns and return to the workplace, many employers will be turning their minds to how they can maintain a covid-safe environment for their employees. Requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against ...

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Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme in Victoria – Omicron Extension Details Now Available

In July 2021 the Victorian Government announced a new package of rent relief measures for eligible retail and commercial tenants in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, which applied for the period 28 July 2021 to 15 Janu...

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Substituting Annual Leave for Personal Leave – What to do if you catch COVID-19 while on annual leave

If you fall ill (whether by COVID-19 or otherwise) during a period of scheduled annual leave, it's possible to swap out your annual leave for paid personal leave. Rather than having to endure a wasted period of annual leave, the F...

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