Employment Law: Notice For Holiday Period

Annual leave over the Christmas and New Year's period can be difficult to manage. As this period fast approaches, now becomes an important time for employers to plan ahead for the shutdown period to notify its staff to take forced...

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School ordered to withdraw stand down direction – Employees not to be stood down to alleviate financial strains of employers

A recent decision on 29 September 2020 by Commissioner Bissett of the Fair Work Commission has highlighted the expectation for employers to allocate work to employees rather than relying on stand down directions to manage its fina...

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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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Flexibility within reason – Recent cases demonstrate limitations on the exercise of JobKeeper enabling directions

Since 9 April 2020, the temporary JobKeeper legislation has allowed employers to vary the working hours of employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This JobKeeper enabling direction, among others, aims to assist businesses ...

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High Court clarifies sick leave entitlements – the Mondelez decision

On 13 August 2020, the High Court of Australia handed down its highly-anticipated decision in the Mondelez case.[1] Employers welcomed the decision since the High Court accepted the arguments put forward by the employer, Mondelez,...

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JobKeeper 2.0: New payments structure confirmed with continued flexibility expected to follow

After much speculation, the Federal government announced the extension of the JobKeeper payment scheme, JobKeeper 2.0, on 21 July 2020, to assist businesses to recover following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme ...

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