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08Apr 2020

With Easter around the corner and some employers standing down employees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have received questions about how public holidays interact with a period of stand down. This note concerns national system employees under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“FW Act”)   Under section 114(1) of the FW Act, […]

08Apr 2020

Dear Client,As an update in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and EMA Consulting’s response to the changing environment we are all facing, we would like to assure you we are here to assist through this period.  The health and productivity of our people and the continuity of our clients business operations remain extremely important to us […]

01Apr 2020

Shayne Bakewell and Chris Ridings, both Principal Consultants with EMA Consulting, will be delivering a discussion- based webinar on the topics of redundancy and leave management, with a particular context of the COVID 19 pandemic. The information being provided will go through the key principles around redundancy, and recap appropriate means of managing leave during […]

01Apr 2020

Description Shayne Bakewell and Chris Ridings, both Principal Consultants with EMA Consulting, will be delivering a discussion- based webinar on an employee’s right to refuse work and an employee’s obligation to be fit for work in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic. The information being provided is essential for all employers who are looking […]

01Apr 2020

Recent Government announcements on school closures may affect employees’ responsibilities for care of their children. This EMA note provides an overview of considerations for employers where an employee may need to assume care of their child due to a school closure – or makes a choice to remove their child from school.   School ClosuresIn summary, […]

31Mar 2020

The Clerks – Private Sector Award is the latest award to have fast-tracked changes approved by the Fair Work Commission (“FWC”). It follows the amendments already made to the Hospitality Industry General Award 2010 and the NSW Long Service Leave Act 1955. The changes provide greater flexibility around hours of work, working from home and […]

26Mar 2020

While businesses may be either required or choosing to shut down given the ever-changing quarantine and business trading requirements, employers and employees may still be able to enter into arrangements allowing (or in some cases, requiring) employees to work from home.   Location of Work Where an employer is seeking to comply with social isolation […]

23Mar 2020

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has begun imposing mandatory lockdowns and/or closures in some businesses. We have received queries from clients whether, if this were to happen to their business, there would still be an obligation to pay employees.     Stand Down Under section 524 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“FW […]

17Mar 2020

Dear Client, We have been tracking developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic carefully.   The health and productivity of our people and the continuity of our clients business operations are extremely important to us. We would like to update you on the steps EMA Consulting is taking in order to protect our people and support your business […]

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