COVID-19 Vaccines – Critical Questions for your Workplace

Guidance for the vaccine roll out in Australian workplaces was released by the Federal Government on 19 February 2021.  This took place via a media release from Christian Porter, Minister for Industrial Relations and updated guid...

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Why assumptions should never replace good preparation

When employers and employees appear at the Fair Work Commission, they do not have the automatic right to be represented by a lawyer.  Unlike in other jurisdictions, it is assumed a party will represent themselves, unless the FWC ...

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Home office set up, or setting up the office at home?

Fair Work Commission confirms desk not required to be provided to employee working from home It has been a turbulent year for most workplaces, including managing the sudden shift to working from home arrangements. Against this ba...

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Inherent requirements termination upheld by Full Bench

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission recently handed down a significant decision which is of particular relevance for employers who have statutory child safety obligations because their staff work with children. Handed do...

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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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